UVic penicillin research One part human, may lead to new drug treatments ten parts germs BY KIRSTEN RODENHIZER
tolerance — penicillin’s inability to
ple their activities are kept in check by
directly related to cell starvation. Keeping one step ahead of the microbes Research assistant Cheryl Galvani prepares a gel used in analyzing
work by targeting the cell wall of bacterial proteins as Dr. Ed Ishiguro looks on. Rodenhizer is a UVic writing grad. She wrote this story as a participant in the SPARK program (Students Promoting Awareness of
no one is at home,” says Ishiguro. Research Knowledge), funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
drugs that block its specific action.
not have come very far,” he says. “It
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