Thursday December 13, 2018

Researchers In China Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Further tests are needed to see whether the substance is safe and effective to use as a drug against bacterial infections.

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A fungal compound has been identified by a team of Chinese researchers as a promising antibiotic candidate, as they presented an approach that can efficiently obtain it the lab, said a study recently published in the journal Nature Communication.

Health organisations across the world are trying to reduce the use of antibiotics. Because the overuse of antibiotics in recent years means they’re becoming less effective and has led to the emergence of “superbugs” — strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotics, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Health organisations across the world are trying to reduce the use of antibiotics. Pixabay

Meanwhile researchers are working hard to find new antibiotics.

A team, led by researchers at China’s Chongqing University, has developed a technique to synthesize albomycins, a group of fungal compounds that have previously shown antimicrobial properties. The authors were able to obtain the substances in large enough amounts to allow them to test their antibiotic activity.

One substance performed well in a test against a variety of bacterial strains. Notably, it outperformed several established antibiotics.

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Misuse of antibiotic drugs have lead to the threat of antimicrobial resistance, Pixabay

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“The method we use can efficiently and conveniently synthesize albomycins substances, and initial animal lab test has demonstrated that these substances are safe, but we will continue our research on its safety,” said Yun He, Lead Author of the study.

Further tests are needed to see whether the substance is safe and effective to use as a drug against bacterial infections, according to the team. (IANS)

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U.S. Hacking From China On The Rise: U.S. Intelligence Official

The U.S. Congress is looking into the allegations of increased Chinese hacking activity.

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A man types on a computer keyboard in front of displayed cyber code in this illustration picture. VOA

A senior U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday that Chinese cyber activity in the United States had risen in recent months, targeting critical infrastructure in what may be attempts to lay the groundwork for future disruptive attacks.

“You worry they are prepositioning against critical infrastructure and trying to be able to do the types of disruptive operations that would be the most concern,” National Security Agency official Rob Joyce said at a Wall Street Journal cybersecurity conference.

Joyce, a former White House cyber adviser for President Donald Trump, did not elaborate. A spokeswoman for the NSA said Joyce was referring to digital attacks against the U.S. energy, financial, transportation and healthcare sectors.

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Experts: Cyber attacks Growing Increasingly Sophisticated. Pixabay

The comments are notable because U.S. complaints about Chinese hacking have to date focused on espionage and intellectual property theft, not efforts to disrupt critical infrastructure.

China has repeatedly denied U.S. allegations it conducts cyber attacks.

Joyce’s remarks coincide with U.S. prosecutors preparing to unveil as early as this week a new round of criminal hacking charges against Chinese nationals. They are expected to charge that Chinese hackers were involved in a cyber espionage operation known as “Cloudhopper” targeting technology service providers and their customers, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The U.S. Congress is looking into the allegations of increased Chinese hacking activity.

Senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department are scheduled to testify Wednesday morning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses.” (VOA)