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September 14th, 2009

Hybrid nano material targets antibiotic resistant bacteria

Abstract:
German researchers have developed a hybrid, light activated nanomaterial that can target, label and kill harmful antibiotic resistant bacteria such as Escherichia coli. The zeolite-based material may one day play a major role in both diagnosing and treating infectious diseases and possibly cancer, suggests the team.

So-called 'photodynamic therapy' is a well-established technique in which a light source is used to trigger the action of a light-sensitive drug, and is already used to treat cancer and macular degeneration. However, scientists have been eager to develop cheaper therapeutic approaches with more functions. One such approach would be to develop a single nanomaterial that can carry out three important therapeutic jobs in one; that is, selectively target pathogens, label them (for diagnostic purposes) and then kill them.

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