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Coimbatore

Amrita-TIGS tieup for antimicrobial resistance research

Covai Post Network

Coimbatore : Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s School of Biotechnology has tied up with Tata Institute of Genetics and Society (TIGS) under the aegis of University of California San Diego to conduct cutting-edge research in antimicrobial resistance. It is a rapidly-spreading phenomenon which threatens to make once-treatable bacterial infections deadly again and jeopardise delivery of modern medicine.

Antimicrobial resistance is increasingly globally at an alarming rate, making it difficult to treat even the most common infections. There are very limited options and strategies available to address this crisis.

“Recent studies have led to the identification of many genes in pathogenic microorganisms that are responsible for resistance to antibiotics.” Dr Bipin Nair, Dean of faculty of sciences at the vidyapeetham said in a statement on Wednesday.

The collaboration between will focus on developing new tools to reverse antibiotic resistance. It holds the potential to develop novel sustainable strategies to counter the global menace of multi-drug resistant (MDR) organisms.

The MoU would pave the way for cutting-edge research in antimicrobial resistance for the benefit of humanity, said TIGS Global Director Suresh Subramani.

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