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Daily WOW: Possible answer to antibiotic resistant bacteria


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The Daily Catch - published on 09/28/16

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There is a lot of buzz going on in the medical-scientific community as Shu Lam, a 25-year-old PhD student at the University of Melbourne in Australia, came up with an out-of-the-box idea to fight bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics:

The new approach has so far only been tested in the lab and on mice, but it could offer a potential solution to antibiotic resistance, which is now getting so bad that the United Nations recently declared it a “fundamental threat” to global health. […] “We’ve discovered that [the polymers] actually target the bacteria and kill it in multiple ways,” Lam told Nicola Smith from The Telegraph. “One method is by physically disrupting or breaking apart the cell wall of the bacteria. This creates a lot of stress on the bacteria and causes it to start killing itself.” The research has been published in Nature Microbiology, and according to Smith, it’s already being hailed by scientists in the field as “a breakthrough that could change the face of modern medicine”.

This new method is still in the preliminary phases of development, having only been tested on mice, but we are still stoked at the possibilities. Cheers to Shu Lam! We can’t wait to see what else her young mind has in store for the world of medicine.

[Editor’s Note: Read More – Daily WOW: The Accidental Cure for MS]

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