We Are What We Eat: True for Bacteria Too
Bacteria are present everywhere – all around and within us. Are you scared of them? Don’t be, as most bacteria are beneficial for us. Only a small number of them can occasionally cause infections, making us sick. Bacteria do this by dividing quickly inside the human body, that is, by becoming two from one at a fast pace. To fuel growth and division, bacteria need to find their favourite food and be able to process it correctly. Like humans love to eat candies, one of the favourite food choices of bacteria is the simple sugar ‘glucose’. We have found that when glucose is not processed correctly, bacteria cannot divide properly. We want to understand the link between food processing and division in bacteria – especially during infection – so that we can stop them from dividing by either supplying them with a food choice they don’t like or making them process their preferred food choice incorrectly. This will kill the bacteria and prevent them from making us sick.