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New Antibiotic Approach Proves Promising Against Lyme Bacterium

A technique that has demonstrated success against cancer tumors could also be lethal to bacteria and other pathogens

Using a technique that has shown promise in targeting cancer tumors, a Duke Health team has found a way to deploy a molecular warhead that can annihilate the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

Tested in cell cultures using the Borrelia burgdoferi bacterium, the approach holds the potential to target not only bacteria, but also fungi such as yeast and viruses. The findings appear in the journal Cell Chemical Biology.

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