Article in Belfast Telegraph on new research treatment that will help bladder illness sufferers.

4 January, 2018

Cells that can survive doses of antibiotics and lie resting in a dormant state may hold a key to understanding antibiotic resistance, researchers say.

A study found the vast majority of the 1.3% of bacteria cells that survived treatment with the antibiotic ampicillin were live but not growing.

These cells have been dubbed “sleeper cells” as they look dormant and resemble cells that have been killed by antibiotics.

They cannot be detected by standard methods as they are non-growing and are potentially dangerous as they can “wake up” then re-infect humans or animals

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