Question: Can/do superbugs attack other bugs?


  1. they sure can. Bacteria can make what we call lanbiotics, which is a way of saying antibiotics that dont affect themselves but can affect other bacteria nearby.

    We know that pseudomonas aeruginosa (a superbug which affects the lungs, especially in cystic fibrosis patients) can make these and our group has started doing a little bit of research on this as it could be made in the lab as a treatment.

    I highly suspect that MRSA and streptococcus pneumonae and even mycobacterium tuberculosis superbugs can do the same.

    That said, these same bugs are also know to form biofilms in the lung, often with the help of other bacterial species, which is essentially like a little city of different bacteria that work together to evade our immune systems attack.