Garlic constituent blocks biofilm formation, could benefit cystic fibrosis patients and others

Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 11:30 in Health & Medicine

E Pluribus Unum, the de facto motto of the United States, could just as well apply to biofilm-forming bacteria. Bacterial biofilms are far more resistant than individual bacteria to the armories of antibiotics we have devised to combat them. Now researchers have pinpointed a constituent of garlic that attacks a key step in the development of biofilms, in an effort they hope may offer help in particular for patients with cystic fibrosis.

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