'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.
"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.'
Let's hope that they are right...