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Bacteria breakthrough

12th March 2008

Scientists hope that a new discovery will help them restore the full antibiotic effects of penicillin.

The team from the University of Warwick focussed on Streptococcus pneumoniae, the bacteria which causes pneumonia, for their research and have discovered how it has become resistant to penicillin.

They now hope the breakthrough could lead to new drugs that could tackle other diseases such as MRSA. Researchers focused on the MurM protein, which has been linked to changes in the chemical make-up of the peptidoglycan observed in patients infected with penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae.


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Article Information

Title: Bacteria breakthrough
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5960
Date Added: 12th Mar 2008


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