Picture of vancomycin Vancomycin
By Alan Bunch and Anthony Baines
University of Kent
Vancomycin is often described as the antibiotic of last resort. For July's molecule of the Month, we describe how vancomycin works as an antibiotic, and how bacteria resistant to other antibiotics can be killed using vancomycin. Finally, two major concerns are brought up: the development of vancomycin resistance and the difficulties of producing vancomycin on an industrial scale.

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