US invents antibiotic to counter most threatening superbugs in world

Wednesday 31 May 2017 4 weeks ago 35   New York   Print

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Report  Web desk : NEW YORK: US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world most threatening superbugs. Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports. It fights bacteria in three different ways, making it much less likely that the bugs can dodge the attack. It is yet to be tested in animals and people, however. The Scripps Research Institute team hope the drug will be ready for use within five years if it passes more tests. 02