Revealed: How bacteria drill into our cells and kill them

2 diciembre 2014

A team of scientists has revealed how certain harmful bacteria drill into our cells to kill them. Their study shows how bacterial ‘nanodrills’ assemble themselves on the outer surfaces of our cells, and includes the first movie of how they then punch holes in the cells’ outer membranes. The research supports the development of new drugs that target this mechanism, which is implicated in serious diseases.