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According to statistics from the Federal Ministry of Health, 400,000 to 600,000 people in Germany fall ill every year due to infections caused by so-called multi-resistant bacteria. Between 10,000 and 15,000 people die from them. These germs form a protective biofilm that protects themselves from being attacked by antibiotics. Antimicrobial agents that attack these bacterial biofilms are needed on order to successfully combat this level of resistance.

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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.