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New knowledge will boost fight against superbug

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A breakthrough in the fight against drug-resistant infections is one step closer following the discovery of the structure of NDM-1: a vicious form of bacteria that is currently resistant to the most powerful antibiotics available.

Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) in Oxfordshire, led by director Professor Simon Phillips, have produced a model of NDM-1 that will now enable researchers and pharmaceutical companies to progress towards potential new treatments.

The research is published today in the online journal Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications.

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