Virus may help fight antibiotic resistance in bacteria
To combat the tendency of bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics, researchers at Rockefeller University are using the viral enzyme Lysin. That's the enzyme viruses use to break through the wall of a bacterial cell they have infected. Lysin is resistant to bacterial evolution because it interacts with bacterial proteins essential for maintaining bacterial cell walls. Bacteria tested with the new drug, Epimerox , did not appear to develop resistance. Researchers said they hope to begin human clinical trials within two years. The research was reported in PlosOne.
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