Recently, US and Canadian scientists have utilized AI to discover Abaucin, a potent antibiotic effective against the Acinetobacter baumannii superbug.
AI Discovers Antibiotic
- Discovered by: Researchers from Canada’s McMaster University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.
- Antibiotic for: Superbug Acinetobacter baumannii
- Special: Discovery using Artificial Intelligence
- Acinetobacter baumannii is a highly resistant bacterium classified as a “red alert” pathogen by WHO.
- It causes severe infections like pneumonia, meningitis, and wound infections, often leading to fatalities.
- Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to multiple types of antibiotics.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified superbugs that possess innate abilities to resist treatment and can transfer genetic material, leading to drug resistance in other bacteria.
- Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, making treatments ineffective.