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A discovery that can save human lives – Antibiotics with silver

A new discovery was made by scientists from Olomouc. They noticed that in combination with the precious metal, antibiotics earlier ineffective, functioned again.

Antibacterial effects of silver have been known for centuries. „In ancient Rome, silver coins were placed in jugs with milk to retain its freshness,“ adds one of the researches, Aleš Panáček, from the department of physical chemistry from the faculty of Natural Sciences of Palacký University in Olomouc. Moravian scientists returned to the ancient knowledge and tested it again in the field of medicine. Initially, antibacterial effects of silver were confirmed in 2006, with results published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Later on, they specifically tested the bacterial resistance to antibiotics.