Could we train bacteria to make themselves harmless?

via TED

Feb. 4, 2015

Medical researcher Pratik Shah maps metabolites,  the food sources our bodies provide to bacteria when we experience infection, and uses them to treat diarrheal diseases. What’s remarkable about this method of treating infection, Pratik says, is that this treatment is not killing bacteria, but rather training bacteria to become avirulent, which could help prevent overuse of antibiotics and other treatment.

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