By Ken Buben, FancyScrubs.com
Wow, can this be true? Scientists in Singapore have found a new way of killing pseudomonas aeruginosa, a species that thrives wherever humans are weak. It commonly infects hospital patients whose immune systems are quite frail.
The scientists designed harmless E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria that are able to detect and kill the other bacteria pseudomonas aeruginosa which infects damaged tissue to people with low immunity. The bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics and are rapidly becoming drug intolerant. According to researchers those with cancer have a 50% mortality rate with pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Researchers believe this is the first study to use synthetic biology to tackle infectious diseases.
The results were published yesterday in Molecular Systems Biology, suggest that the engineered bacteria might eventually be used to prevent or treat infection with P. aeruginosa in humans.