Glow-in-the-dark bacteria light the way

By Margo White In Health

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28th January, 2012
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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