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Scientists discover soil-dwelling bacteria may fight drug-resistant superbugs

from Hamilton Spectator

It's a new class of antibiotic that promises to live up to its rough Latin translation: Killer of bad guys. In a report published recently in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished several strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria. In rats, the agent — which the researchers dubbed malacidin — attacked and broke down the cell walls of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and cleared the animals' MRSA skin infections within a day. more

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