Our body is in itself an entire ecosystem that houses different types of cells, bacteria’s and parasites. Some of these are harmful while others help us.
However, no matter what purpose these residents may accomplish, they are still easily identifiable and can be treated if necessary.
But now, researchers from the University of Washington have found an entirely unknown type of parasitic bacteria that’s been hiding in our saliva.
This yet unnamed bacteria only has 700 genes, and is completely dependent on other bacteria for survival. It moves from bacteria to bacteria, taking over their bodies and killing them in the process.
While the though of a parasite that kills other potentially harmful bacteria is not a bad one, the real problem comes from the fact that researchers believe that this parasite may be responsible for several human diseases.
The extent of it’s involvement too is yet unknown, but it has already been linked to multiple diseases, including gum disease, cystic fibrosis, and antimicrobial resistance.
While it doesn’t do anything directly, it was found that once this parasite was introduced into existing bacteria, it made them harder to find and kill by the white blood cells.
Not only that, it also made the host bacteria a lot more resistant to antibiotics. As you can guess, these symptoms have caused quite a stir in the medical community, who are now working hard on decoding the secrets of this new life form.
We will just have to wait until the researchers find more about the nature of this parasite, and how to kill it. We’ll make sure to keep you updated as soon as any new information comes up. Till then, stay safe.