Antibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time. Six themes were initially identified by organisers of the Longitude Prize; these were then put to a public vote. The winning theme was announced on the BBC’s One Show, broadcast on Wednesday evening.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “post-antibiotic era” where key drugs no longer work and people die from previously treatable infections. The competition is based on the 1714 Longitude Prize won by John Harrison. Harrison’s clock allowed sailors to pinpoint their position at sea for the first time. Drug resistance threatens the medical successes – from transplant surgery to cancer treatment – we currently take for granted”
Speaking on the One Show, BBC science presenter Alice Roberts said: “There were some amazing challenges, but this is such an important one facing us at the moment.”From here, the Longitude Committee will reconvene and they will tighten up exactly what the challenge is going to be. We know it’s going to be something about how we tackle antibiotic resistance; it could be a new way of diagnosing a bacterial infection versus a viral infection. Via Antibiotics to be focus of £10m Longitude prize.