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University scientists make a major breakthrough against MRSA

April 08, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, UK — Scientists at the University of Birmingham have made a significant breakthrough in the battle against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the Birmingham Post.

Scientists from the university, working in conjunction with academics from Bristol University, have discovered a way to produce a potent chemical that could be effective in killing drug-resistant strains of the bacteria, the article stated.

The findings could pave the way for the creation of a new hybrid antibiotic, which could save lives and help stop the increasing problem of bacterial infections that are resistant to most traditional antibiotics, the article noted.

"This shows how mupirocin can be modified to make it more potent and suggests that related molecules could be used against the increasingly problematic Enterobacteriaceae," said Professor Chris Thomas.

According to the article, the project was made possible by working with Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi-Sankyo and with funding from the U.K. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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