MRSA superbug’s resistance to antibiotics is broken!

MRSA superbug’s resistance to antibiotics is broken!

Interesting multi-prong approach to killing bacteria - similar to that used in cancer treatment. Newly discovered chemical compounds can make MRSA bacteria vulnerable to the antibiotics they normally resist, restoring the old drug’s former powers.

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This method of using existing antibiotics in combination with compounds that restore their potency could be a powerful weapon in the global antibiotic resistance crisis. A similar strategy is already used to treat Escherichia coli and pneumonia that have become resistant to beta-lactamase. These bacteria have an enzyme that breaks these antibiotics down, but adding compounds that inhibit this enzyme makes beta-lactams more effective."

New Scientist article (free registration)

newscientist.com/article/20...

Neil

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  • Sounds very promising.

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