Scientists Design Bacteria to Reflect ‘Sonar’ Signals for Ultrasound Imaging

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The ultimate goal is to be able to inject therapeutic bacteria into a patient’s body – for example, as probiotics to help treat diseases of the gut or as targeted tumor treatments – and then use ultrasound machines to hit the engineered bacteria with sound waves to generate images that reveal the locations of the microbes. The pictures would let doctors know if the treatments made it to the right place in the body and were working properly.


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