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Study provides new insights into bacterial defence mechanisms

18th November 2010

A new scientific study has uncovered potentially important new insights into the way bacteria are able to combat and defend against attack from other microorganisms.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the University of California, Santa Barbara have found that bacteria are able to coat themselves in proteins that inhibit or kill other organisms on contact.

It was also found that they possess special immunity proteins to protect themselves from being harmed by members of their own genetic family, as well as being able to acquire this information from other bacteria.

The scientists hope that this data can have a number of positive implications for human health and survival.

Dr Peggy Cotter, associate professor in the microbiology and immunology department at the University of California, said the findings could be used to "engineer an organism, a non-pathogenic variant, and by putting it out in the environment such as soil, you can potentially get rid of other pathogens".

This comes in the same week that University of California, San Diego researchers found that cholesterol-lowering statins may also be able to bolster the performance of bacteria-killing cells.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800244117-ADNFCR

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