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New antibiotics on the horizon as scientists discover a weakness in the cell wall of pathogenic bacteria

August 1, 2019

Researchers have discovered a weak spot in the cell wall of pathogenic bacteria that could lead to the development of new antibiotics. This was a joint collaboration between researchers at the Hokkaido University of Japan, Duke University in the US and The Catholic University of Korea.

The findings were recently published in the journal Nature Communications, where the researchers write: “Novel antibacterial agents are needed to address the emergence of global antibiotic resistance. MrAY is a promising candidate for antibiotic development because it is the target of five classes of naturally occurring nucleoside inhibitors with potent antibacterial activity.”

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