Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wow Bacteria can come to our rescue!
Suicide-Bombing Bacteria Could Fight Infections
by Sara Reardon on 16 August 2011, 11:15 AM |
Like any good military unit, infectious bacteria have access to numerous weapons and efficient communication systems. But like soldiers in the field, they're also susceptible to suicide bombers. Researchers have used the tools of synthetic biology to create an Escherichia coli cell that can infiltrate foreign bacteria and explode, killing off the pathogens along with itself.