Professor hopes his protein discovery will be built upon
Search for drug to halt MRSA is abandoned
Work to develop new drugs to halt the potentially deadly hospital superbug MRSA has been abandoned due to a lack of funding, it has emerged.
In 2008, Aberdeen University professor Jorg Feldmann and a team of international scientists discovered that a protein released naturally by the human body has the power to starve MRSA of the “food” it needs to spread.
It was hoped the protein, calprotectin, could be developed into a treatment which would beat the infection, which is killing people in wards all over the world.
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