Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drug Developed in Manitoba Could Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drug Developed in Manitoba Could Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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New drug could fight resistant bacteria

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WINNIPEG - Scientists in Winnipeg appear to have developed a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic-resistant infections.

Researchers at St. Boniface Hospital and the University of Manitoba have developed a drug that prevents harmful bacteria from growing without affecting healthy cells.

The drug attacks the bacteria's energy source, and researchers say it shows potential to fight a wide variety of bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics.

The drug must be further tested and approved before being available to the public.

Findings about the drug, called PEG-2S, are published in a study in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.

The research suggests the drug can target at least two of the top 10 priority pathogens listed by the World Health Organization. …

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