Professor hopes his protein discovery will be built upon

Search for drug to halt MRSA is abandoned

By Ryan Crighton

Published: 24/02/2010

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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