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Medical News & Perspectives
November 3, 2004

Staph Bacteria Plunder Heme for Iron

JAMA. 2004;292(17):2071-2072. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2071

In the search for new ways to fight bacterial infections, especially those caused by antibiotic-resistant strains, scientists are always on the lookout for essential components of bacterial life cycles that might be good targets for novel drugs. Now, scientists have discovered clues into the details of iron metabolism of Staphylococcus aureus, findings that could open up new avenues for antibacterial drug development to treat the wide range of infections that S aureus can cause, from pneumonia to urinary tract and surgical wound infections (Science. 2004;305:1626-1628).