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Star-shaped polymer kills superbug strains without antibiotics

Shu Lam, a 25-year-old PhD student at the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering, has developed a polymer that rips apart the cell walls of superbug strain bacteria. From Science Alert: The polymers – which they call SNAPPs, or structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers – work by directly attacking, penetrating, and then destabilising the cell membrane of bacteria. Unlike antibiotics, …

Siberian heat wave unleashes deadly 'zombie anthrax' outbreak

A family in the hospital with anthrax in Russia, 2016. Image: Channel 1 At least 90 people have been hospitalized from an anthrax outbreak in Russia, including 50 children. Eight are confirmed as infected with anthrax. Doctors believe at least 6 patients have the more virulent intestinal form of the disease, which killed one boy, age 12. Authorities say it’s the first fatal anthrax …