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Genetic mutations help MRSA become more resistant to antibiotics

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Genetic mutations in MRSA help the bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.

“Antibiotics have been a mainstay of human healthcare for over 70 years, but the emergence of antimicrobial resistance is now a global catastrophe,” said Simon Foster, Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the University and Principal Investigator of the research, in a press release. “In order to combat antimicrobial resistant organisms, we have to understand them. Our work uncovers the complex mechanisms that underpin resistance, giving insight into how we might tackle this global challenge.”

Researchers hope that these findings will not only provide a better understanding into how antibiotic resistance occurs but lead to additional treatment options for MRSA.

The full study can be found here.

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