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Anti-bacterial treatment tested

21st March 2007

The battle for iron is at the heart of bacterial infections; this knowledge has led to a new study aimed at developing an antimicrobial treatment which mimics iron and then kills microbes which absorb it.


The University of Washington-led study began by looking at ways to intensify the natural stresses placed on invading microorganisms by the body's immune system.

Researchers developed a treatment based on gallium, which is chemically very similar to iron, but which is poisonous to bacteria. They found that the gallium was successfully ingested by the bacteria, killing them.

The study was carried out on mice with bacterial infections, and might lead to promising new treatments amid growing problems of drug-resistance to existing antibiotic treatments for life-threatening infections, researchers said.

The results will be published in the April 2 edition of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.


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Gwendoline Harlow

Wednesday 11th April 2007 @ 16:23

This sounds promising, but when it is developed will it be approved for use over here in the UK? We seem to be slow to approve the really effective stuff.

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