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Nanoparticles make superbugs more susceptible to drugs

Quantum dots make bacteria more vulnerable to antibiotics. Photo: Mason Marino, University of Colorado Boulder

Researchers have created nanoparticles that, when administered with antibiotics, can kill 1000 times more bacteria than when just antibiotic is used, reports Science News' Maria Temming.

The problem: Bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics — an estimated 23,000 people die each year in the U.S. from infections that can't be fought with existing drugs. One of the challenges is getting antibiotics into the cells.