Antibiotic-resistant bugs also known as superbugs are the ones that can’t be killed by any drug. These superbugs are spreading quickly and doctors are unable to treat the people who catch these antibiotic-resistant bugs.
- Antibiotic-resistant bugs are spreading quickly
- These superbugs are hard to destroy
- Researchers believe that they have found an antibiotic that can kill superbugs
- Researchers want to create a new generation of antibiotics
A group of scientists discovered that the only way to treat these superbugs is to modify existing drugs. The researchers mentioned that they found a drug that was so powerful that it can tear the bacteria apart.
The researchers are now trying to find other antibiotics that can have the same effect on superbugs. They mentioned that they want to modify existing drugs in order to create a new generation of drugs.
The researchers mentioned that these new-generation drugs will be able to destroy the antibiotic-resistant bugs. These superbugs are a worldwide concern because they are spreading too much and they can’t be stopped.
The researchers compared the bugs with doors and the drugs with keys. They said that when the bug becomes resistant to the drug the “key doesn’t fit the locket anymore”. This is why superbugs can’t be killed by drugs.
The researchers found a type of antibiotic that can “break the door’ instead of getting into the locket. They observed that the only way to kill these antibiotic-resistant bugs is to find this type of substance and to modify other drugs so that they can tear these bugs too.
At the moment the research is still in process and the researchers mentioned that they need to make more studies in order to see if the antibiotic-resistant drugs respond to these modified drugs. In order to conduct this researcher, the scientists used sensitive equipment that can measure the mechanical force.
They measure the mechanical force of 4 different drugs. They observed that only one type of antibiotic could kill the bacteria which were resistant to antibiotics. The researchers mentioned that the antibiotic that can kill these superbugs is named Oritavancin.
This antibiotic can kill bacteria extremely fast. It can kill it in just 15 minutes. The researchers found out that this antibiotic is 10,000 times much stronger than normal antibiotics. The researchers will continue to make studies on this antibiotic.
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