Nucleic acid invigorates antibiotics

A short chain of nucleic acid, called an aptamer, can stop antibiotic-resistant bacteria from breaking down antibiotics, said Robert Shaw, associate chairman of Texas Tech's Department of Chemistry.

A recently patented chemical additive could make old antibiotics effective again against resistant bacteria, a Texas Tech researcher said.

A short chain of nucleic acid, called an aptamer, can stop antibiotic-resistant bacteria from breaking down antibiotics, said Robert Shaw, associate chairman of Texas Tech's Department of Chemistry.