Defeat of the Superbugs!
Continuing in the vein of pathogenic punditry, scientists at the University of East Anglia, in a bold new endeavor, claim to have a breakthrough in the global battle against “superbugs”. Focusing on gram negative bacteria they have “discovered a way in which drugs could attack the cell membrane…” The Independent reports that based on their findings, scientist believe that if drugs could be developed to target the lipopolysaccharide molecules found in the cell membrane, the bacterium would be open and vulnerable to the body’s own immune system. Essentially these drugs would storm the gates of the cell membrane as it were and hold the way open for the body’s own defenses to conquer the threat. Moreover the article notes that “because the drugs would not need to enter the bacteria itself, the bacteria may not be able to develop resistance, halting the evolution of superbugs.” Perhaps we will not be assimilated after all?