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Help on the way in the fight against antibiotic resistant superbugs?

The UK Press Association reported that researchers from The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA may have hit upon a novel approach to fighting antibiotic resistant superbugs. The development focuses on the groups re-engineering of Vancomycin. Vancomycin is widely considered the antibiotic of last resort to treat Enterococci bacterial infections. In recent years however, the incidence of antibiotic resistant strains of the bacteria have been on the rise.

The Scripps team has modified Vancomycin to attack the Enterococci bacteria on multiple fronts. They claim this approach can increase the effectiveness of the drug 1,000 times over its present form. Here is a link to complete coverage of the development at CNN.

This potential advance against antibacterial resistant infections is welcome news to doctors and medical researchers around the globe. However, the re-engineered version for Vancomycin will require much testing before it could potentially make it onto the market.