Tricking microbes

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria can be tricked it into incorporating foreign small molecules into their cell wall, according to researchers at Yale University. By being able to manipulate the cell wall, in this way, the researchers explain that they can, in theory, perturb the bacteria's ability to interact with human tissues and host cells. The discovery could lead the way to a new approach to combating the bacteria responsible for many of the most infectious diseases, including pneumonia and "strep" throat infections. It might even open up new avenues to fighting microbes that have evolved resistance to antibiotics.