Jun 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm
A University of North Dakota scientist has landed a one-point-seven million dollar grant to help combat superbug infections. Min Wu is an ssociate professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at UND’s School of Medicine. In more and more cases bacteria is building a resistance and are no longer responding to antibiotics. Over 20-percent of the deaths in the world are the result of bacterial infections. Human cells use a process called autophagy to rid the body of aging / dying cells. Wu’s study will attempt to harness that “self-eating” process as a weapon to fight pathogens. The five-year grant is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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