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.

Colonies of a multi-resistant coliform bacteria (E.coli)
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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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