Issue Date: March 11, 2013
Antibiotics Don’t Kill With Reactive Oxygen Species
Just when it seemed that scientists had a handle on how antibiotics kill bacteria and how their power could be amplified, new evidence has emerged that casts doubt on that approach.
In 2007, James J. Collins and coworkers at Boston University presented evidence that all bacteria-killing antibiotics do their jobs by inducing the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) (C&EN, Sept. 10, 2007, page 8; Cell, . . .
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