According to the scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported in Science Translational Medicine, old antibiotics can be brought back to life by slipping some silver into bacteria. Treating bacteria with a silver-containing compound boosted the efficacy of a broad range of widely used antibiotics and helped them stop otherwise lethal infections in mice. In addition, silver has also been proven useful for dormant bacteria and microbial slime, which are two of the most stubborn infections that usually require repeated rounds of antibiotic treatment and multiple visits to the clinic. Jim Collins, Ph.D., a pioneer of synthetic biology and Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute, who is also the William F. Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University says that the results of the study suggest that silver could be incredibly valuable as an adjunct to existing antibiotic treatments.
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