Antibiotic-resistant bacteria 'could help in treatment of superbugs'

12 April 2012

A newly discovered bacteria may result in a medical breakthrough being established where some of the most life-threatening superbugs can be better fought against.

Research led by Dr Gerry Wright, from McMaster University in Canada, has found that the bacteria is highly resistant to the effects of antibiotics.

According to analysis, the bugs have managed to build a strong shield due to the contact that they have had with natural anti-bacterial chemicals in the environment in the four million years before their existence was realised by humans.

Dr Wright pointed out: "This has important clinical implications. It suggests that there are far more antibiotics in the environment that could be found and used to treat currently untreatable infections."

Details of how the bacteria, which originate from Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico, could change the medical field for the better have been published in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.

Meanwhile, a recent study involving 182 Vietnam veterans who had brain damage due to penetrating head injuries may pave the way for a new brain map to be introduced which looks at how intelligence is established and monitored.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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