June 20, 2013 | Corrinne

I must admit I take antibiotics for granted. But we're running out of ones that are effective bugs are getting really good at resisting them.

An unlikely solution to antibiotic resistance may lie in your jewellery box. It turns out that dissolved silver creates gaps in bacterial cell membranes, making it loads easier for antibiotics to get inside the cell. Silver also helps to create reactive oxygen species the cellular fireworks that kill bugs from the inside.

I'm not one for bling, but I suppose silver does have its uses!

This research was published on 19 June 2013 in Science Translational Medicine. 

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