|Year of selection||2010|
|Institution||Weizmann Institute of Science|
Type of support
60 000 €
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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