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Inducing autoimmunity in bacteria

Adi stern

Nationality Israeli

Year of selection 2010

Institution Weizmann Institute of Science

Country Israel

Risk Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1 year

60000 €

Striking bacteria's Achille's heel

Just like humans, bacteria boast a sort of immune system that protects them from viruses. And, as for us, it can sometimes turn against them in an autoimmune reaction. Could we take advantage of this bacterial Achilles’ heel to weaken these pathogens and make them more vulnerable to drugs?
Dr. Adi Stern aimed to do just that by characterizing in detail this newfound bacterial system. In a world where antibiotic resistance is increasing, the ability to activate autoimmunity in bacteria would have critical applications."

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