Science | A weak spot in a bacterial protein could be key to killing superbugs
by Julie Borg
Posted 4/26/18, 02:32 pm
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose an ever-growing global threat, currently claiming the lives of at least 23,000 people in the United States each year. Research published this year shows that certain strains of a deadly, multidrug-resistant bacterium have now developed resistance to the last-resort antibiotic colistin.
That’s worrisome news, but scientists at Harvard University have discovered a weakness in the protective covering of most bacteria that could offer a glimmer of hope in the battle against superbugs.