Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Scientists Make E.coli Discovery

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Scientists Make E.coli Discovery

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SCIENTISTS have discovered a compound that can successfully treat potentially-fatal E.coli O157, which could lead to promising future treatments.

Currently treating the severe stomach bug can be difficult as antibiotics are known to make the disease worse by releasing a potent toxin into the infected person's gut, scientists said.

Now, researchers from the University of Glasgow have found a product made by natural soil-living bacteria that can successfully treat E.coli O157, one of the most serious types of the bug, without producing any serious side-effects.

The new study found that Aurodox, a compound first discovered in 1973 but found to be poorly active as a true antibiotic, was able to successfully block E.coli O157 infections.

The Aurodox compound was able to reduce the ability of E. …

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