Technology Review's list of 35 Innovators Under 35 includes Timothy Lu, an MIT researcher who is engineering viruses designed to seek out and destroy biofilms — bacterial colonies that stick together on a surface, like bits of pear suspended in the world's most disgusting jell-o salad. Biofilms have been implicated in human disease, especially chronic infections like those that can happen in the urinary tract and inner ear. But the first place Lu's biofilm-eating viruses will likely be put to work is cleaning out ducts in industrial HVAC systems. (Via Carl Zimmer)

4 Responses to “Viruses to the rescue”

  1. robotnik says:

    Blah, blah, blah biofilm-eating overlords

  2. Boundegar says:

    Releasing engineered viruses into the environment: what could possibly go wrong?

  3. skimedic says:

    So… we’re against GMO foods but we don’t mind breathing engineered viruses?

    Just checking.

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