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Scientists have discovered a compound which can destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and hailed their work as a 'breakthrough'.
They found a type of chemical called a dinuclear Ru(II) complex which may be able to destroy bacteria too strong for treatment with normal medicines.
Success - Lab - Tests - Hope - Way
Success in lab tests has given hope for a new way to tackle superbugs, which are becoming more common, more dangerous, and more difficult to stop.
Pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea are all caused by the gram-negative type of bacteria used in the tests.
Figures - People - Year - Infections
And figures estimate that, by 2050, 10million people a year will die because of infections which have evolved to be untreatable.
Scientists at the University of Sheffield and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) are testing the new compound made from the metal ruthenium.
Work - Breakthrough - Treatments - Infections - Years
They called their work a breakthrough after saying no new treatments for gram-negative bacterial infections have been developed for 50 years – and none have even been tested since 2010.
Gram-negative bacteria are difficult to destroy because they have an extra protective layer around them, which drugs struggle to get through.
Research - Scientists - Ru - II - Complex
But in their research the scientists found the Ru(II) complex was able to destroy gram-negative E.coli, which...
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