Want to Beat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs? Rethink Strep Throat Remedies

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Group A Streptococci, colored yellow, are the most common culprits in bacterial upper respiratory infections. The Georgia Tech researchers suggest finding alternatives to broader spectrum antibiotics to take care of such ailments in order to preserve antibiotic effectiveness longer for more extreme infections. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH

Principal investigator Sam Brown holds a petri dish of common infectious bacteria in his lab at Georgia Tech. Credit: Georgia Tech / Christopher Moore

A chart displaying how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chart on deaths that resulted from antibiotic-resistant infections or were connected to them. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Principal investigator Sam Brown holds a petri dish of common infectious bacteria in his lab at Georgia Tech. The orange tabletop bags are for the disposal of materials that may have come in contact with the infectors. Credit: Georgia Tech / Christopher Moore

Illustration of a sore throat, right. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention