Anti-diabetic drug offers promise for preventing drug-resistant TB

December 17, 2014 5:44 PM

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Anti-diabetic drug offers promise for preventing drug-resistant TB

A drug used to treat diabetes can help boost the efficacy of tuberculosis (TB) medication without inducing drug resistance, scientists in Singapore have discovered.

Scientists observed that the old anti-diabetic drug, Metformin (MET), defended the invasion of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (Mtb)— the bacterium that causes TB— without targeting the bacteria directly. According to a news release, MET targets the host cells and triggers the creation of a new chemical,...

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