A new study from a team of Brazilian scientists has found that a drug-resistant bacterium has been growing off two city beaches bordering Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailors will compete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, professor of sociology and director of Northeastern’s Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, to discuss the social, political, and scientific implications of the findings.
Reports of the arrival in the U.S. of a new superbug that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort have set off alarm bells among public health officials. Last year, a team led by Northeastern professor Kim Lewis discovered teixobactin, an antibiotic that eliminates bacteria without encountering any detectable resistance. We asked him to explain the new superbug, how worried we should be, and how it might be stopped.