Small tar­get is a hard bug to find

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A com­mon hos­pi­tal bug re­sis­tant to an­tibi­otics evades the im­mune sys­tem by mak­ing it­self a small tar­get, sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered.

En­te­ro­coc­cus fae­calis, which causes hos­pi­tal-ac­quired uri­nary tract and heart valve in­fec­tions, forms pairs or short chains of cells.

Re­search now sug­gests tar­get­ing the mech­a­nisms con­trol­ling the for­ma­tion of short chains of cells could be a novel strat­egy for de­vel­op­ing new treat­ments to fight the bug.

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