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New compound which kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs discovered

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  • A new compound capable of killing bacteria resistant to known antibiotics is described in an article published in the journal ACS Nano.
  • The new compound can kill gram-negative bacteria immune to common antibiotics such as pathogenic E. coli, according to the researchers.
  • Gram-negative bacteria can cause dangerous infections in the bloodstream, and in the respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts.
  • It is estimated that the numerous infections caused by these bacteria could cause the death of approximately 10 million people in the year 2050.
  • This discovery is a hope to develop more potent antibiotics to kill these super bacteria that threaten human health.

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