A growing number of people worldwide are dying of infections because more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. New species are urgently needed. A promising resistance inhibitor is now in development by the research group of Nathaniel Martin, professor of Biological chemistry.
Changing someone’s genetic programming is easier than you might think. While techniques for altering DNA at the molecular level are becoming more widely used, it’s also possible to simply turn genes on or off without permanently changing the underlying genetic material. That means we can affect the genetic instructions that get sent to an organism’s body by changing its environment or with drugs.