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Researchers develop synthetic, bacteria-killing virus

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Bacteria killing virus developedResearchers at University College London on Wednesday announced they have developed a laboratory-built virus that kills unwanted bacteria on contact.

The breakthrough, detailed in a study published in the journal Nature Communications, comes from researchers at UCL, as well as Britain's National Physical Laboratory. They created a synthetic hollow shell 20 nanometers wide, or less than 0.0000008 inch, which emulates naturally occurring viruses. The artificial viruses recognize and then destroy the membranes of bacteria.

The discovery demonstrates a new approach to treating infectious and antibiotic-resistant diseases, the researchers said.

"We used high-resolution and real-time imaging to see the impact of the synthetic viruses on bacterial model membranes and found that they are extremely destructive," Hasan Alkassem, a doctoral student at UCL and co-author on the study, said in a press release .



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