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Thanks to an unlikely pairing of horse breeders and chemists at Brigham Young University (BYU), a new antimicrobial therapy is delivering dramatic results to animals plagued by persistent bacterial infections. The technology, which is also being tested for human pharmaceutical and medical applications, may be an answer to the growing problem of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) infections.
For people with compromised lung function—including critically ill patients who cannot breathe on their own and those with cystic fibrosis—a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection can be deadly. Fortunately, two scientists working across the country from one another joined forces to develop a molecule that prevents the toxic effects of this dangerous organism.
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