Web Date: December 10, 2014
Silencing Genes In Bacteria With The Help Of Their Neighbors
Broad-spectrum antibiotics have been lifesavers for decades, but their lack of selectivity can cause some problems. The drugs not only wipe out pathogenic bacteria, but also can kill beneficial ones. And widespread use of the antibiotics hastens the spread of resistance genes. Now a research team reports a synthetic biology method that could target problematic bacteria through a natural gene-swapping mechanism used by the microbes (ACS Synth. Biol. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/sb500036q).
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