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Feb 13, 2020

Antibiotics discovered that kill bacteria in a new way

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A new group of antibiotics with a unique approach to attacking bacteria has been discovered, making it a promising clinical candidate in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

The newly-found corbomycin and the lesser-known complestatin have a never-before-seen way to kill , which is achieved by blocking the function of the bacterial cell wall. The discovery comes from a family of called glycopeptides that are produced by .

The researchers also demonstrated in mice that these new antibiotics can block infections caused by the drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus which is a group of bacteria that can cause many serious infections.

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