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Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them

August 22, 2017

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.


August 22, 2017


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From the Depths of A Microscopic World, Spontaneous Cooperation

May 6, 2015

Maybe it’s not such a dog-eat-dog world after all. A clever combination of two different types of computer simulations enabled a group of Illinois researchers to uncover an unexpectedly cooperative group dynamic: the spontaneous emergence of resource sharing among individuals in a community.  Who were the members of this friendly, digitally represented collective?  Escherichia coli, rod-shaped bacteria found in the digestive systems of humans and many other animals.


May 6, 2015


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Innovative Technique Transforms Hunt for Antibiotics and Cancer Therapies

July 13, 2014

Innovative Technique May Transform the Hunt for New Antibiotics and Cancer Therapies

Antibiotic resistance is depleting our arsenal against deadly diseases and infections, such as tuberculosis and Staph infections, but recent research shows promise to speed up the drug discovery process.

In a study reported in ACS Chemical Biology, University of Illinois researchers developed a new technique to quickly uncover novel, medically relevant products produced by bacteria.


July 13, 2014


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