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New processes use ozone and viruses to kill harmful bacteria

According to Dr. Dick Zoutman of Queen's University in Canada, over 100,000 people die every year in North America alone, due to hospital-acquired infections. It would only seem to follow that hospitals need to be kept cleaner, and Zoutman has developed something that he says can do the job - an ozone and hydrogen peroxide vapor gas.

Dr. Qimron's liquid utilizes bacteriophages, which are viruses that infect bacteria. These particular bacteriophages have been genetically engineered, to alter the genetic make-up of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More specifically, these alterations restore a gene within the super-bacteria's ribosome, which the bacteria lose in the process of becoming antibiotic-resistant.

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