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Medical News and Perspectives
March 10, 2004

Researchers Eye "Predatory" Bacterium for Novel Antimicrobial Strategies

JAMA. 2004;291(10):1188-1189. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1188

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.

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