Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics far more quickly than humans are discovering new ones. That’s why a DARPA-funded research team is exploring a fascinating new way we might win the war against germs: not with drugs, but with predatory bacteria that sound like monsters from science fiction.
Lions, sharks, and Schwarzenegger flicks are more likely to come to mind when you hear the word “predator,” but certain bacteria are also fearsome hunters, voraciously consuming their fellow single-celled organisms. In fact, predatory bacteria have no trouble annihilating some of the most drug-resistant bugs. Microbiologist Daniel Kadouri hopes we can use these killers to our advantage.