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New drugs for bad bugs

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Washington University in St Louis chemist Timothy Wencewicz says we’ll stay ahead of antibiotic resistance only if we find drugs with new scaffolds, or core chemical structures. One promising candidate, an antibiotic made by a bacterium than infects plants, caught his attention because it contains an “enchanted ring,” the beta-lactam ring that is found in penicillin. This drug candidate, however, acts against a different target than the penicillins. For the full story go to: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26517.aspx -- but only after you wash your hands.
 
 

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