12/22/2006

U.S. researchers are developing a new type of antibiotic that allows bacteria to live, but robs them of a characteristic that allows them to infect healthy cells, allowing doctors to treat urinary tract infections without contributing to drug resistance. The method involves removing the pili from bacteria, the element that allows them to get inside cells, so they become non-pathogenic and unable to adhere to or invade bladder tissue.

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