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Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs


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US scientists have re-engineered the antibiotic vancomycin.

Appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug

It fights bacteria in three different ways, making it harder for them to be develop resistance.

Could be ready for use within five years - but not yet tested on animals.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Dale L. Boger

Richard and Alice Cramer Professor of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Multidisciplinary scientific journal, official journal of the National Academy of Sciences

Scripps Research Institute

Medical research facility with focus on research and education in the biomedical sciences.

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Antibiotic Resistance