Killing Anthrax with a Simple Drop - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/21/02

Killing Anthrax with a Simple Drop

There is a new weapon against the deadly anthrax bacteria. Scientists at Rockefeller University have developed a new agent that can specifically target and destroy millions of anthrax bacteria even the resistant strains in just seconds.

The new technology can also be used as an anthrax detection and decontamination tool. The key is bacteria eating viruses known as phages. The experts say they have been naturally going after anthrax and other bacteria for billions of years. Now, they have proved that by isolating the phages, just a drop of it can kill a whole test tube full of anthrax. It's already proved to be 70% to 80% effective at preventing death in mice infected with a bacteria similar to anthrax.

The study was funded by the Department of Defense and is published in the Journal Nature.

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