August 16, 2011
Suicide-Bombing Bacteria Could Fight Infections
Sara Reardon, Science Now
Caroline Dahl/Wiki Commons
Like any good military unit, infectious bacteria have access to numerous weapons and efficient communication systems. But like soldiers in the field, they're also susceptible to suicide bombers. Researchers have used the tools of synthetic biology to create an Escherichia coli cell that can infiltrate foreign bacteria and explode, killing off the pathogens along with itself.
TAGGED: quorum sensing, bacterial infection, E. coli, suicide bomber, bacteria