A new gel could help in the fight against deadly, drug-resistant superbugs


illustration of biofilm
ANTIBIOTIC UPPER HAND A new antibacterial ointment prevents communities of pathogens from forming slimy substances called biofilms (illustrated), where bacteria are shielded from antibiotics.

A new antibacterial ointment could help take down drug-resistant bacteria.

In human skin samples and mice, the medicine completely cleared wounds of MRSA, the strain of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to methicillin and other antibiotics, and antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Both microbes are known to cause serious infections in hospital patients. Researchers in the Netherlands created the gel’s key ingredient, a chain of amino acids called SAAP-148, by improving on a bacteria-fighting peptide found in humans.

The synthetic peptide prevents pathogens…

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