A promising breakthrough against a deadly foe: Streptococcus pneumoniae

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RENO, Nevada February 10, 2020 – In the battle against deadly diseases that adapt quickly to resist today’s top antibiotics, researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno have shown that stopping bacterial cells from communicating can actually prevent them from amassing their lethal armies.

Following more than five years of research, University chemical biologist Yftah Tal-Gan and his team successfully demonstrated that interrupting the deadly Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria’s communicative mechanism could lead to significant advances in medicine, eventually saving countless lives. The team studied “quorum-sensing” bacteria that synchronize the activities of large groups of cells by communicating via chemical signal molecules. The potentially game-changing research has just been published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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