"Compound halts foodborne bugs"
By Rob Winters - Published on Saturday, 07 January 2012 09:33
CORNELL (US) — "Researchers have found a compound that is safe for mammals but stops the foodborne bacteria Listeria in its tracks.
In a year when cantaloupe tainted with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes killed 30 people, Cornell University researchers’ discovery of a compound that controls this deadly bacteria—and possibly others—is great news.
The compound, fluoro-phenyl-styrene-sulfonamide (FPSS), is safe for mammals but interrupts a mechanism in Listeria that controls genes that are expressed when the bacterium experiences a rapid change in its environment."