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‘Superbug’ may depend on calcium to multiply

By Tim Cutcliffe

Improving calcium absorption in the gut may be vital in reducing the risk of catching a ‘superbug‘ that kills thousands of people per year, researchers writing in PLOS Pathogens have suggested.

'We’re using a set of novel strategies, including trying to engineer probiotics with certain capabilities, which is a controversial subject. This is the next generation of probiotics,' says UK researcher. ©iStock/ChrisGorgio

UK-China probiotics centre plans GM research

By Eliot Beer

The UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research is focusing on specific probiotic applications, and plans to use GM techniques to engineer highly targeted microorganisms to fight specific pathogens.

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