by Charlie Cooper,


Scientists at the research-intensive University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK announced last month that they have found an “Achilles heel” of a particularly significant group of antibacterial resistant superbugs. The “Achilles heel” they’ve announced finding pertains to the cell membrane of this bacterial group, known as gram negatives.

The research conducted at the UEA’s Norwich Medical School has led to new breakthroughs in the understanding of the formation of these membranes, and in particular, the involvement of a group of molecules known as lipopolysaccharides.

While the report has caused some optimism in the community, it remains unclear if the bacteria would evolve over time and become resistant to a new generation of drugs.

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