How do you beat a flesh-eating superbug? By serving up more than it can chew.
Researchers at the University of South Australia, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland and UNSW Sydney are doing just that.
They’ve have found a new way to help kill off infections like golden staph in hard-to-reach cells of the body.
It works by using microscopic nanoparticles, delivering tiny drug capsules to places normal antibiotics can’t reach.
Infected cells literally eat the capsules, killing off the bug.
The technique shows promise for treating a range of infections, including golden staph which attacks body tissue and kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year.
Researcher Professor Clive Prestidge says the aim is to make existing drugs more effective.
“Over time, bacteria have learnt how to hide in human cells, making some diseases resistant to antibiotics,” he says.
“There are a number of technologies that are being developed to counter these superbugs. This is just one, but hopefully for humankind we are going to have a number of these coming into play over the coming years.”
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