The CRISPR Pill Fights Super Bacteria with a Precise Treatment

 - Dec 18, 2017
References: futurism & technologyreview
As bacteria continues to become more resistant to traditional antibiotics, the need to combat antibiotic resistance has never been more important. One approach to combating ever-evolving bacteria comes in the form of the CRISPR pill. Scientists are now looking at the CRISPR pill as a means of ultra-precise antimicrobial treatment. In short, the CRISPR pill could be used to specifically kill a bacteria of choice.

The CRISPR pill works by storing memories of viral DNA in its genomes as "Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats," or CRISPRS. The memory saved by the CRISPR pill is then combined with an enzyme known as Cas to identify and destroy the genes of invading bacteria.

Probiotic CRISPR technology is still in its infancy and has yet to begin trials on animals. However, early lab studies and research has shown the effectiveness of CRISPR pills in efficiently killing skin bacteria.