February 9, 2013
FASTER, PLEASE: Scientists Find New Strategy Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs.
Scientists may have found an effective new weapon against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They did not create a new drug to kill these microbes; instead, they found a way to interfere with the metabolism of the extra-hardy bacterium – E. coli in this case – so that the germs became more vulnerable to existing antibiotics.
Scientists believe they have discovered the so-called superbugs’ Achilles heel, a biochemical weakness in the bacteria that makes it possible – in effect – to “kick them while they are down.”
Like I said, faster, please.