Create a drug that causes dangerous bacteria to destroy their own DNA

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2017-04-18 13:00:05

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Create a drug that causes dangerous bacteria to destroy their own DNA

The Sustainability of some species of pathogenic bacteria to existing antibiotics every year. Scientists from different countries trying to come up with universal medicine to which the bacteria would not get used so quickly, but so far no one has succeeded. However, some studies look very promising, for example the innovative technique developed by specialists of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

If you believe the official statistics of the us Center for disease control, one only anaerobic bacteria Clostridium difficile die each year more than 15,000 people. This bacterium is recognized as one of the most resistant against to antibiotics and is the causative agent of pseudomembranous colitis. Even if you choose the most effective combination of antibiotics, there is a risk to destroy a large part of the microflora of the intestine, making the patient worse. That is why an employee of the University of Wisconsin, Jan-Peter van Pijkeren created some semblance of a "probiotic cocktail" that patient can use in the form of liquid or tablets.

The Cocktail consists of several components, the most important of which is specially selected and transformed bacteriophage. Innovative therapy involves the use of technology bacteriophages and laying inside them a kind of "message" to a particular type of bacteria. As soon as the phage enters the body, it begins to hunt their prey and in contact with her gives her the underlying information. After that, bacteria begins to destroy its own DNA inside.

Thus, the scientist was killed with one shot two birds: it did not affect the intestinal flora as do antibiotics and destroy the bacteria point shot. While research is in its early stages, but the scientist is already here-here will begin testing their methods on laboratory animals.

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