30 Aug '11, 12pm

NTU scientists discover way to kill superbug

SINGAPORE: Hospitals are a common breeding ground for the harmful bacteria known as Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. It is known to cause upper respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal infections - especially for people who have weak immune systems, like the elderly. Also known as a superbug, it is resistant to a wide range of antibiotics. But it can be destroyed - by a modified E. Coli discovered by a team of eight professors and students from the Nanyang Technological University. The engineered bacteria generates killing molecules that destroy the superbug and help cure the infections. Assistant Professor Mathew Chang, who is with the School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering at NTU, said: "If you think about the current antibiotic drugs, they kill all the microbial population in our human body, including good and bad ones. Our re-engineered bacteria specifically targets the p...

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