Novel Antibiotic Effective in Fighting Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs'

December 12, 2014 1:01 AM

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In the 1920s, the discovery of penicillin revolutionized the treatment of lethal infections. Today the challenge is how to battle bacteria that have become resistant to the drugs we use to fight them. Now, some University of Pittsburgh researchers have designed a synthetic compound that might hold promise in the fight against so-called "superbugs."

The novel, man-made antibiotic works in a completely different way than traditional antibiotics, according to University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research co-director Ron Montelaro.

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