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Thursday, 23 November 2017

A Breakthrough in Antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance, as discussed earlier, is one of the major health concerns. It has created a worrisome situation as patients are increasingly falling to its trap. Researches are constantly working in finding a solution to this problem. One such breakthrough has been achieved by a team of researchers of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Universitae de Montreal. The study by Bastein Casu, Tarun Arya, Benoite Bessette and Christian Baron.

Plasmid transfer is one the methods of gene transfer between bacterial species and these plasmids often carry genes for antibiotic resistance. The team at the Universitae de Montreal have come up with a novel approach to block the transfer of these genes. TraE protein is essential for gene transfer via plasmids. Learning about the proteins configuration the team have designed some molecules that when bind to this protein site hinders the gene transfer.

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