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Modified hydrogen peroxide may replace antibiotics in the future.
- April 12, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Hydrogen peroxide can be a new answer to the old question of how to effectively deal with even the most aggressive and unusual in its type of viral bacteria, which continue to evolve and become more and more unyielding to modern antibiotics. Specialists from the Engineering Laboratory at Boston University in the United States today presented the results of their new and rather unusual experiment, which was based on the possibility of modifying hydrogen peroxide to be used on viral bacteria, thus destroying their membrane and leading to their immediate death without the use of antibiotics.
The fact is that most of the so-called MRSA-bacteria, against which bacteriological scientists all over the world are struggling, have a rather pronounced and strong property to constantly adapt and adopt whole genetic chains from other bacteria that have previously been adapted to certain antibiotics. That is why the specialists from the Boston University decided to conduct a series of tests using hydrogen peroxide on several strains of Staphylococcus aureus virus – pre-hydrogen peroxide was under treatment with blue light, after which it was sent to a viral bacterium.
After observing their reaction, scientists found that with this treatment, hydrogen peroxide was able to destroy up to 99.9% of MRSA bacteria, indicating the promising possibility of its use as an alternative to modern antibiotics. Moreover, in this way, scientists were able to destroy up to 90% of bacterial cultures that were never able to adapt to the compound.
The remaining part was likewise weakened by the effect of modified hydrogen peroxide, but nevertheless produces a certain immunity over time, thereby requiring more radical measures regarding working with oneself. However, specialists still have some additional research and experiments in this field, and therefore it remains to wait for the end of the preliminary testing phase.