Could This Antibiotic Alternative Save The World?

Could This Antibiotic Alternative Save The World?

Scientists in Switzerland are working on an
alternative to antibiotics – and the impact this has on medicine could be enormous. Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews – and we’ve
talked a lot over the past couple of years about the overuse of antibiotics, and how
it’s been leading to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to the World Health Organization,
over 50,000 people in Europe and America alone – die of drug-resistant bacteria every year. But finally, there is good news on the horizon
– a team of scientists in Switzerland is currently working on developing an alternative to antibiotics
– that can treat several bacterial infections and eliminate new strains of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria. The team has managed to engineer nanoparticles,
composed of liposomes – which are small fluid sacs enclosed in a lipid bilayer. Typically,
these kinds of liposomes are used to deliver medication into your body – but here, they’ve
been designed specifically to attract bacterial toxins. The nanoparticles composed of these liposomes
closely resemble the membrane of host cells – meaning that once they’re injected in
your body, bacterial toxins will mistake them as naturally occurring lipids and try to infect
them. At that point, the nanoparticles will consume those toxins, trap them inside, and
neutralize them – preventing the spread of toxins. Without those toxins, the host bacteria will
basically be rendered defenseless – and once that happens, your body’s natural immune
system will easily be able to eliminate them. The team has already conducted successful
studies on mice, in which they’ve induced septicemia – a fatal blood infection – by
injecting mice with various forms of Staphylococcus. All of the untreated mice, died within 33
hours. But those who were administered this new drug within 10 hours of the initial infection
– managed to live. Not only that, but they were protected against pneumococcal pneumonia
– which can occur as a complication of septicemia. Scientists warn that while this isn’t a
cure-all for every infection – since each species of bacteria requires its own tailored
solution – they do believe it could eventually be used to treat MRSA infections. And they
plan to make it freely available worldwide, very soon. What do you guys think about this? Could you
see this changing the way we think about medicine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments
down below – and as always, thank you guys for watching!


100 thoughts on “Could This Antibiotic Alternative Save The World?”

  • Woohoo! Yay science! I remember talking about nano-technology and its possible implications as a child like nano-technology was science-fiction. Now it's real! 😀

  • to sensational the title and presentation, as you said, it as already been done in a diferent way. but someone had an idea. can it change anything in medicine? as any other thing made, like the advances in prostetics. its good. not a huge deals but a good advancement and a good mind behind.

  • Good idea, but even if it's found to be a success in Europe. The government and the big drug companies will drag their feet in getting it here in the states.

  • Nutrition Database says:

    I wonder if this type of drug would be useful for treating GI infections such as SIBO, where naturally occurring bacteria become a problem?

  • Gameassassin1020 says:

    If it doesn't use your immune system to kill off the virus then it's no good in my book. And this is in only some cases as some things are different in how they avoid the immune system.

  • Damn Swiss giving away free methods to save people's lives. Don't they know they are supposed to hoard their cure and demand lots of money for it from people who have "earned" it?  Its like they think health care shouldn't be part of the holy free market or something hehe.

  • I've actually been hearing about another treatment that could wipe out bacteria, whether they are drug resistant or not. They're called bacteriophages, or viruses that attack specifically prokaryotic life. It also means they're useless against human cells, and can't mutate to infect them either. They can, however, mutate faster than bacteria. They are VERY specific about which kind of bacteria they attack, and if their prey evolve to become resistant, guess what, the virus has already mutated a dozen ways to counteract them. It's a fight the bacteria can't win, and it doesn't wipe out the microbiome in your stomach either, like general antibiotics. They were used before the 40's, but because we didn't understand them, we dropped them for antibiotics. Oops.

  • This is a great discovery. What next? Injecting a binder of sorts that hooks onto bacteria then when you bombard certain radio waves it kills the bacteria with electricity/heat/UV light?

  • i think ill be fine for a long while. i think ive only taken antiboitcs twice in my life and will most likely refuse meds unless its severe. 

  • I'm a firm believer that the major pharmaceutical companies intentionally claim it's impossible to fight certain pathogens or drag their feet on making a treatment to ensure a sick world that will make them rich.

  • It would be a lot more effective to just use colloidal silver.  Tara described almost the exact same thing it does as their "new medicine" only far better.  And no, it doesn't "turn you blue" unless you down gallons of it every day.

  • I use all natural food & plant based supplements instead of antibiotics. Nutribiotic defense plus & Natures Way immune system boost are my go to. Kidney infection gone in 2 days, no side effects. Boom. Eat Ass big pharma

  • This could revolutionize medicine. I've had many family members to succumb to infections. Who knows this could help me at some point.

  • don't they already have some genetically engineered antibiotic resistant super viruses in a lab somewhere? they should try this out on those

  • If antibiotics cause only strong bacteria to live on, shouldnt the bacterias start to adapt to being more resistant to fight our immune system rather than being more resistant against antibiotics?

  • This is an important advancement in medicine. Since antibiotics may cause the body defense system to be weaken. The new medicine will let the body immunity system does its work and kill the bacteria.

  • Pretty fucking cool. But a better alternative, is to let your kids play in the mud. I rarely get infections, and when I do, my body takes care of it within a few days to a week. No antibiotics needed. Why? Because I was a dirty child growing up, and received doggy kisses to the face daily. My imune system is a powerhouse thanks to my parents lack of paranoia reguarding dirt around their children.

  • If your interested in this further look up bdellovibrio, a kind of predatory bacteria. Research currently led by Professor Liz Procket, my Microbiology lecturer at University of Nottingham

  • scottseptember1992 says:

    Lol all this talk about how we're running out of ideas of how to rid of antibiotic resistant bacteria…Everyone, WAKE UP! We've already solved this problem. It's called Phage therapy and it's being used in Eliava, Georgia. The U.S. and the rest of the world just doesn't want to catch up to this yet probably b/c they want to squeeze out the last remaining bucks they can make off of antibiotics such as penicillins, cephalosporins, tetracyclines, etc.

  • I don't see how this is revolutionary. Evolution will still run its course and soon bacteria will develop a resistance to this, assuming it becomes widely used.

  • Basically a bacterial sponge 🙂 very original and new angle of attack (defence lol). I'm a chemist and trust me, and this sounds like a great idea 🙂

  • Account inactive. Subscribe to It's Binh Repaired. says:

    The only way it would save the world is if it killed the entire human race since we're destroying the world. XD  Making us live longer/forever will only put more of a strain on the earth's natural resources, and more wars will be fought over them as they become scarce.

  • I was trusting this to be a great thing, until she stated they are offering it "freely"?  Now I know its the T-Virus that will kill us all, because NO ONE would spend all that time and money to make this free to everyone to either use or sell.  Unless its just for the tech to make it, then maybe, just maybe, its safe. 

  • so..people in Switzerland…and they want to make it free to everyone…sigh…i still have hope that one day America will do the same…but to be honest if it was being made in America i'm pretty sure my mindset would be "well i mean it'll be expensive at first but in about 15 years at least it'll be cheaper =D"

  • This is a really badly done report.

    Toxins don't infect cells.
    Neutralizing bacteria toxins doesn't render a bacteria defenseless.

    This may make help limit toxic shock syndrome and similar means of damage from infectious agents and may well be of good medical use, but I don't see this and an alternative to antibiotics, just a good compliment to them. It will limit the damage while the antibiotic and immune cells wipe out the bacteria.

  • Interesting nw development. If you haven't already, you might report on the development of probiotics, (good bacteria that protect you from bad bacteria) and phages (viruses that specifically target bacteria) as antibiotic alternatives. You could also report on research into copying the techniques that the critters and things that make antibiotics naturally use to keep their antibiotics working.

  • I wonder how the body reacts to these liposomes, if they can break down, or if they absorb fat soluble vitamins and stay in the blood, or collect in areas of the body. 

  • last time i was admitted into hospital because of MRSA, and then got free lecture from someone who served in military service about antibiotics for about 2 hours, while so many nurse surround my bed in that hospital, it is not very good to get that kind of bacteria/virus since your body like to 'shake it off' (borrow Taylor Swift song title to explain this), everytime doctor come, try to find whatever excuses i can make like 'i go to toilet first', 'wait i want to eat first', 'my mother call me', 'look there, that patient need your help', the doctor and nurse keep on smiling and laugh, it is not that i afraid of that needle, but when that liquid antibiotic, it feel like your body want to shake shake and shake, it feel like have somekind of electrical current try to enter your blood vein system and shake shake and shake, to make it worst, my neighbour, the bed beside me in that hospital, they already drill his chest to make that antibiotic easy to enter direct into his heart (everyday, i try to think positive, but when i look at my neighbour in hospital, i think cannot do it, when doctor come, i ask them when will i die? everytime i ask this question, they will be very mad at me, and bring in that military people to explain about antibiotic, suddenly have free class about antibiotic in that hospital.. lol) Tara Long can explain this in just about 2:19 minutes .. i think one day, this girl will Nobel Prize since she like to think so much.. but must submit educational thesis paper first, i don't think they accept youtube videos to win that award.

  • What if… these bacteria evolve a new toxin? Or evolve a toxin that dissolves or otherwise renders the lysosomes useless? What happens after these lysosomes are injected? Do they have an active period or do they linger? What happens when host cells or enzymes mistakenly attaches to these lysosomes?

  • I almost died from MRSA because 3 doctors said I was just paranoid after surgery. The head of infectious disease chewed my surgeon a new one. I had a PICC line (IV to my heart) for 2 months, on 9x the normal dose (my body metabolizes meds fast).

    Besides the infection making my nerve damage worse, the doctor pouted and "forgot" to tell me I had a referral for nerve reconstruction. He kept telling me the nerve damage and paralysis was temporary. Finally a new surgeon who had to fix the first two surgeries (hint when a surgeon says "I'm hoping the scar tissue will grow to support your knee like tendons do" they shouldn't touch yoh). Anyway the second surgeon sent me to the nerve surgeon, and I had the surgery, but 2 months after the recomendation deadline. After 5 years, I finally have 1 cm of movement in my foot.

    So much pain, and almost dying would have been avoided if better faster MRSA treatments were avaliable.

  • Accidental Lyrics says:

    Wow.   This came out of nowhere.   Let's celebrate the creative human genius.  I had heard of how anti-biotics were becoming less effective because bacteria were evolving to become resistant.  And now this new solution is real and working, and an even better technology because it can target specific bacteria.   Life just keeps gettin' better

  • How about we use probiotics? Keep reinforcing the beneficial bacteria to keep things in proper balance and hold the bad bacteria at bay. And we can also use colloidal silver in topical applications. Bacteria cannot build an immunity to colloidal silver, therefore nothing like MRSA can develop.

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