An Auckland microbiologist is using the bioluminescence of some animals to help find new drugs to fight bacteria.
Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist with a fascination for pathogenic bacteria. We live surrounded by constantly evolving enemies, she notes, which are continuously adapting to their environment, whether it’s on an animal, on a human or in a hospital. One in three human deaths worldwide is caused by a micro-organism, she says, and growing antibiotic resistance means the percentage will increase.
Wiles is also attracted to bioluminescence: the capacity of some animals – glow worms, angler fish, fireflies – to emit light, usually to attract a mate or scare off predators or lure in potential ...
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