Making a Better Antibiotic—With Electricity
Scientists Figured Out How to Make a Better Antibiotic—With Electricity
Every year in the U.S., 1.1 million people suffer from burns that need to be medically treated. Surgeries cause more than 100 million wounds. And countless others suffer from various cuts, lacerations, and traumas that land them in the hospital.
Every single one of these is an injury that needs to be protected from infection, but unfortunately a hospital isn’t a great place to do that. Hospital-acquired infection is extremely prevalent (so much so that the Centers for Disease Control has a program aimed at fighting it).
So Chandan Sen, a physiologist and vice chair of research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his team decided to re-invent the antibiotic—using electricity to help stop bacteria from evolving immunity.