|MadSci Network: Genetics|
As I understand it, "Superbugs," pathogens evolving a resistance to antibiotics and other traditional remedies in response to their overuse, are slowly becoming a serious problem. However, it seems to me that the very process that creates these combative strains could be used to discover new treatments for them. Could new treatments be discovered by using the superbugs themselves to destroy colonies of otherwise harmless bacteria, acting as a selector for any resistance-conferring mutations that may arise, which could then be used to develop a new treatment? And if so, has this been done before?
Re: Evolutionary selection technique to combat 'Superbugs'
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