UK research councils join forces in ‘unprecedented move’ to tackle rise of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

an image of superbugsAll of the major scientific funding bodies in Britain are to collaborate on a joint research effort to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that threaten to end the era of modern medicine, it was announced today.

In an unprecedented move, all seven UK research councils – which are responsible for spending government money on scientific research – and the country’s biggest research charity, the Wellcome Trust, will join forces to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

“Researchers have been waging a war on antimicrobial resistance for decades but up until now we’ve had no war cabinet to coordinate research on all fronts,” said Professor Sir John Savill, chief executive of the Medical Research Council, which is leading the initiative.

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