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MAR 25, 2013 - Futurity

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Antibiotics work better when germs self-destruct

PRINCETON / U. BOSTON (US) — Scientists find that using bacteria’s own byproducts can make them far more vulnerable to antibiotics. In a recent paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, first author Mark Brynildsen, a Princeton University assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, reports that scientists can force bacteria to increase their production of a class of molecules called reactive oxygen species, which can either kill the bacteria outright or make it easier to kill them with antibiotics. Bacteria normally produce reactive oxygen species during ... Read More

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