Bacteria with synthetic genetic ‘switches’ show antibiotics work differently than thought

Date: September 6, 2017

Source: Harvard Gazette

Excerpt: “Bacterial infections are the No. 1 cause of death in hospital patients in the U.S., and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, causing tens of thousands of deaths every year. Understanding exactly how antibiotics work, or don’t, is crucial for developing alternative treatment strategies, both to target new “superbugs” and to make existing drugs more effective against their targets.”