Watch Could This Antibiotic Alternative Save The World? DNews Video

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“As the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to rise, we desperately need an alternative to antibiotics. Tara is here to discuss one that might change the world of medicine.” – YT

“Gram-positive bacterial pathogens that secrete cytotoxic pore-forming toxins, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae, cause a substantial burden of disease.

“Inspired by the principles that govern natural toxin-host interactions, we have engineered artificial liposomes that are tailored to effectively compete with host cells for toxin binding.

“Liposome-bound toxins are unable to lyse mammalian cells in vitro. We use these artificial liposomes as decoy targets to sequester bacterial toxins that are produced during active infection in vivo.”

Read more: Nature.com

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