Washington: Researchers have identified a soft spot in a superbug which boosts the odds of killing it more effectively. Superbugs are resistant to antibiotics, making infections even more difficult to treat.Biologists Gloria Culver at Rochester University and Keith Connolly at Harvard, thought one key to stopping the deadly bug may lie with proteins. So they studied the mechanism behind the development of bacterial ribosomes - the cell`s protein-creating machine."We targeted the ribosomes in our research because cells and organisms cannot live if they do not make proteins, and they can`t make proteins if their ribosomes aren`t functioning properly," said Culver, according to a report in the journal Molecular Microbiology.Culver and Connolly specifically worked with cultures of E. coli, an intestinal bug. While E. coli is usually harmless, some strains are resistant to antibiotics and can cause serious food poisoning, according to a Rochester statement.
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