A team of researchers at MIT, the University of Brasilia, and the University of British Columbia has engineered an antimicrobial peptide to wipe out many types of bacteria, including some that are resistant to most antibiotics.
A recent study from a U.K. commission on antimicrobial resistance estimated that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections will kill 10 million people per year if no new drugs are developed.
Learning from nature
Living organisms naturally make antimicrobial peptides, as part of their immune system, to kill bacteria, as well as other persistent microbes such as viruses and fungi. It’s done by poking holes in…