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In soil-dwelling bacteria, scientists find a new weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs

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Extracted from unknown microorganisms living in soil, it kills several superbugs – including the dreaded MRSA – without engendering resistance.

In a report published this week in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished several strains of multi-drug-resistant bacteria. In rats, the agent — which the researchers dubbed 'malacidin' — attacked and broke down the cell walls of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and cleared the animals’ MRSA skin infections within a day.

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