Don 't Kill Them : A Research Institute At Harbor Ucla Medical Center ( La Biomed )

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Don’t Kill Them; Tame Them
Antibiotic resistant infections are not only increasing, but intensifying exponentially. Even worse, there are few drugs readily available to diminish the swelling number of contagions; a sparse and meager quantity of combatants to tackle the vehement and aggressive pathogenic bacterium. These microscopic organisms, though infinitesimal, cause gigantic problems and wreak extra havoc when they attack the drugs prescribed to destroy and eradicate them, and survive. In culmination, they are more resilient, more powerful than ever before. Many of these superbugs are stronger and more alive, violently destroying the immune system of the body that has become their habitat, instead of ultimately dying. The tiny, miniature organisms known as microbes, are entirely too difficult to simply kill. Therefore, a new method is undergoing research at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed), in which the microbes are tamed rather than killed.
Fairly recently, Michael Yeaman, an LA BioMed researcher, was endowed an Innovation Award for $1.6 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health (NIH) to investigate an alternative to killing Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). His research evolved into the development and improvement of new anti-infectives intended to “disarm” or neutralize MRSA; reduce its resistance to antibiotics.
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