Ninja Assassins Against Superbugs

Untreatable infections kill an estimated 700,000 people a year worldwide, and IBM researchers are looking to shrink that number with new therapeutics that home in on superbugs like “ninja assassins,” writes Lisa M. Krieger.

Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous chains of connected molecules found in everything from styrofoam cups to computers. Deployed against superbugs, they use a negative electrical charge to attract and kill off infectious cells before they can mutate.

With few promising superbug drugs in the pipeline, the findings, published in Nature Communications, mark “a significant potential breakthrough” against antibiotic resistance, says Susan Casey Bleasdale of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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