Jamming Bacteria

Antibiotic-resistance in bacteria is becoming more common at the same time that new antibiotics are becoming scarcer. Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia have discovered compounds called furanones that prevent certain kinds of bacteria from switching on disease-causing mechanisms. The most exciting thing about this discovery is that the furanones don’t kill the bacteria, and so don’t exert the same kind of evolutionary pressure to develop resistance to the compounds.