Antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotics are one of chemistry’s greatest contributions to humanity but we are approaching a crisis. Bacteria have developed resistance to many of the drugs and the rate of discovery of new medicines – and especially new classes – has slowed. In this special collection, we look at the work being done on new drugs, on improving the ways we all pay for the discovery process and more.

Over the counter antibiotics

How can we maintain the effectiveness of existing antimicrobials?


Reducing environmental pollution and tackling quality issues to stave off resistance


Colonies of Penicillium mold growing on agar plate

If the drugs don’t work


A world without antibiotics would be a terrifying place

Lots of blister packs of tables in large container

Resistant to change


Curbing industrial practices that drive antimicrobial resistance needs tighter regulation and enforcement

MRSA bacteria

Catching the citizen science bug


Involving the public in research tackling superbugs

Bacteria cultures

Surviving in the war of all against all


Cancers and bacteria develop resistance to drugs in remarkably similar ways