Researchers create a smart antibiotic that can be programmed to attack drug-resistant microbes

10/06/2014 - 00:00

  The multitude of microbes scientists have found populating the human body have good, bad and mostly mysterious implications for our health. But when something goes wrong, we defend ourselves with the undiscriminating brute force of traditional antibiotics, which wipe out everything at once, regardless of the consequences.<br><br>Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators are working on smarter antibiotic. And in research published October 5 in Nature Biotechnology, the team describes a ‘programmable’ antibiotic technique that selectively targets the bad bugs, particularly those harboring antibiotic resistance genes, while leaving other, more innocent microbes alone.<br><br><a href="">READ MORE ON THE ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY</a><br>