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Antibiotic-resistant slime: the problem with Pel

Written by Tristan Free (Digital Editor)

Hand holding green antibiotic-resistant slime

The mechanism by which Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) forms biofilms encased in an antibiotic-resistant slime in cystic fibrosis patients has been revealed. A recent study, led by Laura Jennings of the University of Michigan (MI, USA), has exposed the mechanism through which bacteria that infect the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis can form a biofilm with a protective coating, which defends against antibiotics. The discovery could have dramatic implications for the treatment of cystic fibrosis patients. The heritable condition cystic fibrosis leads to the production of excessive volumes of thick mucus in the lungs. This renders the lungs vulnerable...

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