Achilles' heel to lower defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria found

Achilles' heel to lower defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria found

'Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UAE) in England have now uncovered an Achille's heel in the bacterial cell defenses that could mean that bacteria wouldn't develop drug-resistance in the first place.

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"The really exciting thing about this research is that new drugs will specifically target the protective barrier around the bacteria, rather than the bacteria itself," added PhD student Haohao Dong, who was the lead author of the study. "Because new drugs will not need to enter the bacteria itself, we hope that the bacteria will not be able to develop drug resistance in future."

If the research does indeed lead to the development of a new class of drugs that could effectively kill drug-resistant bacteria, it could be as groundbreaking and prove as important to human health as the development of antibiotics.'

gizmag.com/antibiotic-resis...

Let's hope that they are right...

Neil

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  • Hi Neil,

    What an amazing find! This is truly game changing for the entire world if they can bring it to production...

  • That would be Amazing! I will pray that it happens - soon!

  • And here's some more good news about a possible way to fight back against antibiotic resistant bacteria. A team from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with assistance from Cardiff University in the UK, has found a soil fungus from Nova Scotia that creates a molecule which neutralises the antibiotic resistant mechanism used by some 'superbugs'.

    canada.com/health/Nova+Scot...

    Neil

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