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Scientists use Nature against Nature to develop an antibiotic with reduced resistance

Scientists at Rockefeller University and Astex Pharmaceuticals have discovered a new broad range antibiotic that kills a wide range of bacteria, including drug-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) bacteria that do not respond to traditional drugs, in mice. The antibiotic, Epimerox, targets weaknesses in bacteria that have long been exploited by viruses that attack them, known as phage.

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Viral protein is an effective preventative against infection

For parents, eight million cases of acute middle-ear infections every year add up to a lot of sleepless nights and trips to the pediatrician. But new research suggests that a lysin – a protein derived from viruses that infect bacteria – may prevent children from developing secondary ear infections. More »

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