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Scientists Develop an Antibiotic with Reduced Resistance

A new antibiotic named Epimerox has been developed by scientists at the Rockefellar University and Astex Pharmaceuticals. These scientists have demonstrated that Epimerox effectively killed a wide-range of bacteria including the drug-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA). This antibiotic was developed to target a specific bacterial enzyme named 2-epimerase which is important for the synthesis of bacterial cell-wall structures. It has been demonstrated that Epimernox can protect mice against Bacillus anthracis (the causative agent of anthrax) as well as kill methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA.

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