A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but one annoying invasive weed may hold the answer to treating the superbug MRSA. Researchers from Emory University have found that the red berries of the Brazilian peppertree contain a compound that turns off a gene vital to the drug-resistance process.

Treating bacterial infections by bombarding them with antibiotics in hopes of killing the microbes can lead to mutations in the bacteria. As the bacteria copy themselves at an astronomical rate, some mistakes to their genetic code (mutations) are made along the way. Some of the mutations are… more


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