Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ever Wonder How Bleach Kills Bacteria?

Not my usual kind of post, and for some reason this caught my eye. Perhaps it's because of my microbiology and healthcare training background, and throw in my obsession with cleanliness. I've always just enjoyed and taken for granted, the marvelous cleaning power of bleach. Until now, I've never stopped to consider, "How Bleach Kills Bacteria." This Medical News Today report is fun to read as it . . .

  1. Explains how bleach attacks essential bacterial proteins in a way that's similar to the effect of high temperatures
  2. Discusses hsp33 (heat shock protein) and "molecular chaperones"
  3. Highlights the potential of this finding to give a better understanding of how our bodies might fight off bacterial infections

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