A new weapon against superbugs

Scientists find a new way to tackle drug-tolerant bacteria

Some drug-resistant bacteria survive antibiotic treatment just by falling asleep. Lying dormant, they ‘duck’ antibiotics, then waken after treatment stops and start to multiply. This persistence is different from normal drug resistance since the drugs would work if the bacteria were awake. Scientists have identified a key protein that shuts down certain bacteria, and neutralizes it, according to a new study in Science.