Progress toward treating infections by silencing
So disease-causing bacteria in the body finally have multiplied to the point where their numbers are large enough to cause illness. What's next? They get out their smartphones and whisper "Let's roll!" That's how an article in ACS' monthly Chemical Reviews describes the substances — "smartphones of the microbial world" — that bacteria use to transmit chemical signals that launch infections and monitor their environment. The authors describe progress toward understanding and blocking this biochemical chitchat, a development that could lead to new treatments for the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections.
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