Beyond antibiotics

Reply Wed 28 Sep, 2016 12:18 pm
Shu Lam, an Australian PhD student, has developed polymers--specifically, structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers (SNAPPs)--that compromise bacterias' cell membranes and cause them to rupture. The structures are too large to affect bodily cells.

The green splotches are the SNAPPs. The red rods are bacteria with one being shown to have been destroyed by the SNAPPs.

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Reply Wed 28 Sep, 2016 02:11 pm
Reply Wed 28 Sep, 2016 02:16 pm
If it is effective and cheap, it will be quickly squelched by the big drug companies.
Reply Wed 28 Sep, 2016 03:28 pm
Heh, from the article it seems as if they're looking for investments (read: big pharma) to speed up the research and development, which at its present rate will be about five years.
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Reply Thu 29 Sep, 2016 01:48 pm
I dunno. If it involves nano nanoengineering then I doubt that it'll be inexpensive.
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