Now Britain’s genome-busters use Covid success to target superbugs

  22 March 2021

Britain’s world-leading coronavirus sequencing infrastructure can be repurposed to help to tackle the “silent pandemic” of antibiotic resistance, scientists have said, as the government predicted superbugs could cause 20 million deaths a year worldwide by 2050.

Last week the integrated review of security and foreign policy identified the evolution of drug-resistant microbes as a critical strategic threat alongside the rise of China and Russia.

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Author(s): Tom Whipple
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