What is ‘antimicrobial resistance’?
Antimicrobials: Handle with Care
WAAW increases awareness of global AMR and encourages best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. Everyone can be an AMR Awareness Champion.
The differences between bacteria and viruses
Did you know that viruses do not have their own cell machinery? This means that they use the host’s cell to survive and replicate (reproduce).
For example, viruses that infect humans will enter the human and replicate in specific cells that they target. The virus will enter those human cells and “tell” the cell machinery to make more virus copies! This is almost like a “hijacking” of the cell. The cell then produces virus parts like proteins, RNA and DNA, which are bought together and thus more copies of the virus are made. Eventually these copies/new viruses break out of the human cell and go on to infect new host cells. Viruses cannot multiply or survive for long without using a living host.
Viruses also have a different structure to bacteria – they are made up of proteins, glycoproteins and nucleic acids only. Bacteria have their own cell wall, have their own cellular content and are able to reproduce and survive by themselves.
Viruses are very tiny compared to bacteria – approximately 1,000 times smaller (in nanometres – nm) whereas bacteria are measured in micrometres (µm).
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Find out about the vital research our team are undertaking in highlighting the issue of antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance. PLANET encompasses the following research groups.
- Internationally recognised for development of novel antibiotics and investigation of uropathogenic E coli
- A programme of drug discovery to help meet the need for new antibiotics
- We study pathogens that cause drug resistant infections with a particular focus on urinary tract infections
- Research into rapid diagnostic innovations for antimicrobial resistant pathogens in healthcare and bacterial infection control
Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research
From basic research discovering the causes of disease, through to evaluating novel ways of delivering care to the most vulnerable people in society, our thriving community conducts adventurous world-leading research.
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