May 2, 2013 | Corrinne

Antibiotic resistance is a big headache for doctors. But HAMLET could help us treat drug-resistant infections. This is nothing to do with Shakespeare, though. HAMLET stands for human alpha-lactalbumin made lethal to tumour cells. It's a protein complex found in breast milk. When HAMLET is mixed with an antibiotic, and administered to an antibiotic-resistant bug, the bug actually loses its resistance. HAMLET creates a kind of chemical hole in the bug's cell wall, which helps the drug to get in. Amazing, but it works. To quote the Bard himself, there's method in the madness! This news was first published on 1 May 2013 in the journal PLOS One. 


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HAMLET is a protein-lipid complex isolated from breast milk. It could help to treat drug-resistant skin infections such as MRSA.


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January 25, 2014 at 16:25

this is really amazing!!! Loads of people could survive like this! :-)

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