Silver + Bacteria = Zombie Bacteria

2/25/2022 An image of bacteria.

Though it’s been used in medicine for years, scientists have only recently begun to understand how silver works to protect against bacterial infections. A recent breakthrough found that silver ions can penetrate the cell walls of bacteria and destroy the chemical and structural bonds essential for the bacteria’s survival and growth. The result has led some researchers to describe the impacted bacteria as zombie-like. Learn more in the magazine Science.