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Study describes pump mechanism that enables bacteria to evade antibiotic attack

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Researchers have uncovered details of a mechanism that bacteria use to avoid the effects of antibiotics, which could pave the way for developing new drugs to counteract antibiotic resistance.

The discovery, from researchers at Durham University and the University of Birmingham, gives the first clear insight into how molecular pumps in the cell wall of some types of bacteria work to actively pump antibiotics out of the cell, enabling the bacteria to avoid their toxic effects.

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