Flashy drug spotlights infection

Doctors may be able to watch for invading microbes with a fluorescent antibiotic

By Beth Mole, 10:51 AM October 15, 2013

Glowing antibiotics may dim the chance of severe bacterial infections, according to a study published October 15 in Nature Communications.

Researchers made the experimental drug by fusing a fluorescent tag to vancomycin, an antibiotic that embeds itself in the outer walls of certain disease-causing microbes. The tag allowed scientists to see bacterial invaders in live mice and human cadavers. The method could help doctors thwart serious infections by spying them during early, treatable stages....

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