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MIT News reported April 11 2022 that MIT researchers successfully engineered a bacteria based antibiotic treatment. The enzyme of this bacteria can help reduce the risk of inflammation caused by antibiotics.

MIT engineers developed a strain of bacteria that is safe for human consumption that safely produces an enzyme that breaks down a class of antibiotics called beta-lactams. These include ampicillin, amoxicillin, and other commonly used drugs, according to the MIT News article.

James Collins, the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science in MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and Department of Biological Engineering, and the senior author of the new study, refers to this application as “living biotherapeutics”.

https://news.mit.edu/2022/bacteria-good-gut-microbes-antibiotics-0411

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