Researchers examine infectious bacterium’s natural defenses

18 junio 2015

Antibiotics fight bacteria by targeting enzymes essential to the bacterium’s survival, like those involved in rebuilding the bacterium’s cellular wall. With many deadly bacteria able to resist antibiotics, scientists must work to design new compounds that target important functions in the bacteria to stop them from multiplying. As a spinoff from their research aimed at fighting a specific parasite, researchers may have found a way around an infectious bacterium’s natural defenses.