Antibacterial products may help bacteria beat antibiotics
New Scientist - 12/08/2016
Most antibiotics kill bacteria by interfering with essential steps in their life cycle, such as making new cell walls when a bacterium reproduces by dividing. Since triclosan prevents bacteria growing, it makes them less likely to reproduce – and that may make bacteria impervious to antibiotics.
“A dormant cell has not a lot of active targets, so there’s not much to corrupt,” says Kim Lewis at Northeastern University in Boston.