Virus ‘nanobots’ could make dangerous micro organism in food and drinks glow

Artist’s illustration of bacteriophage viruses infecting a bacterium

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Gene-edited bacteriophages, or viruses that assault micro organism, could make probably harmful microbes in meals and water glow so they’re simpler to detect.

In the US and the UK, consuming water should include no Escherichia coli micro organism, which may trigger food-poisoning. However strategies for testing water for such probably harmful micro organism are both time-consuming or don’t reliably detect low microbial concentrations. Sam Nugen at Cornell College in New York and his colleagues needed to make use of bacteriophages as organic nanobots …

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