#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Bacteria and Antibiotics—Erin Goley, Ph.D.

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Bacteria and Antibiotics—Erin Goley, Ph.D.


>>It’s estimated that
there are as many bacteria in and on your body as
there are your own cells. Most of these microscopic
organisms are harmless but some bacteria cause disease. Antibiotics cure infections by
preventing bacterial growth. However we’re facing a crisis. Many bacteria have become insensitive or resistant to antibiotics. We desperately need new drugs. My name is Erin Goley. In my lab we’re discovering the molecules and mechanisms that bacteria use to grow, divide and to become resistant
to antibiotic treatment. We’re looking for an Achilles heel in the connection between
the internal skeletons of bacteria and their outer walls. What we learn will help us replenish our arsenal of antibiotics so that we can continue to
cure bacterial infections.

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