Infections like tuberculosis can be fought more effectively by increasing the effectiveness of antibiotics and this can be done by taking them along with sugar.
Bugs can be made vulnerable to drug treatments after stimulating bugs which can be done by types of sugar found in plants called glucose and fructose, according to laboratory tests.
Professor James Collins, from Boston University, said, "You know the old saying: 'a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down? This is more like 'a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine work'."
Bacteria if are made dormant metabolically can make chronic and recurrent infections often occur.
The effect of antibiotics is kept away by persisters. Persisters are the bugs.
After some time that can span across months and weeks, bacteria gets alive all over again and this time they are even stronger than before and this makes the patient relapse.
A simple weapon called sugar was put to use by scientists as they tried to figure out how to handle the bacteria by rousing them from hibernation.
Normal bacterial responses are switched on by sugar that acted as a stimulant in lab tests and this also enabled the representation of the bugs that were vulnerable to antibiotic attack.
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