Scientists have unveiled details of how a unique microbe seeks and destroys
a variety of plant and animal pathogens, findings that offer clues for new
weapons against bacterial infections.
By sequencing the entire genome of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and analyzing its life cycle, researchers in Germany are now able
to describe the molecular mechanisms used by these predatory bacteria, including
those involving many novel antimicrobial enzymes (Science. 2004;303:689-692). The authors suggest their findings could be used
to design new antibiotics.
Hampton T. Researchers Eye "Predatory" Bacterium for Novel Antimicrobial Strategies. JAMA. 2004;291(10):1188-1189. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1188