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BGU Develops Molecular Tweezers to Battle Bacteria

BGU Develops Molecular Tweezers to Battle Bacteria

May 4, 2021 - Summarized from The Jerusalem Post

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The Jerusalem Post – Researchers from Ben-Gurion University have developed “molecular tweezers” to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the university announced on Monday.

In recent years, medical professionals have struggled with the challenge of antibiotics becoming less effective as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

Ben-Gurion University researchers Prof. Raz Jelinek and Dr. Ravit Malishev.

The tweezers target the biofilm, a thin layer of fibers that protects the bacteria, by gripping the fibers and destroying the protective layer. The new development harms the bacteria without directly attacking it, meaning that it would develop resistance to the measure.

“The success of the study in damaging biofilm using molecular tweezers indicates an innovative direction of antibiotic treatments against pathogenic bacteria without concerns of developing resistance,” said Prof. Raz Jelinek, vice-president & dean for research & development at Ben-Gurion University, who led the study. “This breakthrough may open up new ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

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