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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Fungi 'antibiotics' for superbugs

Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 23:14 GMT 00:14 UK
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Fungi 'antibiotics' for superbugs
Image of Streptococcus
Streptococcus causes diseases such as pneumonia
Scientists believe they may have found powerful new antibiotics in fungi that could fight drug-resistant bacteria.

The protein compound or peptide which lives in a fungus found in northern European pine forests is as powerful as penicillin and vancomycin, they say.

When tested in the lab, "plectasin" killed Streptococcus bacteria including strains that are now resistant to conventional antibiotics.

The Danish and US researchers' findings are published in Nature.

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