Breakthrough in Superbug Treatment

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Published: 19 Aug 2014      

Experts at Queen's University are being hailed for the creation of a superbug gel that may help doctors in the battle against bugs and diseases that are becoming ever more resistant to traditional antibiotics.

The research comes on the back of other breakthroughs by the team, including the discovery of two genes which cause bowel cancer cells to become resistant to treatments, which will hopefully help medical teams in their treatments of the ailment.

Furthermore the group has also dicovered a combination therapy that could improve the lives of those afflicted with cystic fibrosis.

The creation of the superbug gel is timely, given David Cameron's recent remarks that the scientific and medical community needed to look into ways to tackle diseases that were becoming resistant to traditional antibiotics.

Scientists at Queen's University, Belfast, believe they have now completed work on the gel, which is able to target Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli.

Lead researcher Dr Garry Laverty commented "Our gels are unique as they target and kill the most resistant forms of hospital superbugs.

"It involves the use of gels composed of the building blocks of natural proteins, called peptides - the same ingredients that form human tissue.

"These molecules are modified slightly in the laboratory to allow them to form gels that will rapidly kill bacteria."

Further to Queen's University, researchers from the School of Chemistry at Brandeis University, Waltham, US, collaborated with the team to create the research.

Source: BBC News

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