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[Correspondence] Increased momentum in antimicrobial resistance research

Working against pathogenic microbes in a globalised world is a matter of self-interest at least as much as a responsibility to our neighbours. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is responsible for an estimated 700 000 deaths annually worldwide. The review1 on AMR, commissioned by the British Government and chaired by Jim O’Neill, estimates that, if current trends continue, annual fatalities from drug-resistant microbes could rise to more than 10 million by 2050, exceeding deaths caused by cancer.