McMaster researchers discover molecule to block antibiotic-resistance genes

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

It’s a discovery that could take us back 80 years, and that’s a good thing.

McMaster University researchers have found a fungus in the soils of Nova Scotia that could be the silver bullet in the battle against drug-resistant germs.

Researchers believe it can be used to battle one of the most dangerous antibiotic-resistance genes, NDM-1, or public enemy number 1 as they call it.

Scientists say NDM-1 has spread everywhere and has basically killed our last resource of antibiotics used to treat serious infections.

The discovery is considered a far more promising approach than trying to discover new antibiotics and while the road to getting a product that can be used on humans is still very long, early tests have proven successful on mice.

(The Hamilton Spectator)

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