Skip to main content

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society

Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them

Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a mechanism that allows bacteria of the same species to communicate when their survival is threatened. The study suggests that it may be possible to slow dangerous infections by manipulating the messages these microbes send to each other, allowing the body to defeat an infection without causing the bacteria to develop resistance to the treatment.

Subscribe to Shi-Hui Dong