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In soil-dwelling bacteria, US scientists find a new weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs

  • Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:30
In a report published this week in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished several strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria - not bad for a compound that’s been hiding in soil for aeons. In rats, the agent – which the researchers dubbed malacidin – attacked and broke down the cell walls of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and cleared the animals’ MRSA skin infections within a day. Malacidin is... South China Morning Post - Health feed


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