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Tick protein helps antibiotics combat MRSA super bug

Study provides novel strategy for tackling antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

A protein derived from ticks enhances the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a Yale University-led study.

The strategy of using the protein in combination with existing treatments can help address the growing challenge of antibiotic-resistant MRSA and other staph infections, the researchers said.

Resistance to antibiotic treatment is a widespread problem in medicine, and MRSA is a prime example of

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