Findings have implications not only for fighting bacteria, but to create a coating that can prevent implants and medical devices from triggering an immune response.
The technology works by generating hydrogen peroxide by using the moisture in the air and converting it to hydrogen peroxide.
The new discovery finds an important factor in the defense system of the bacteria against viral infections.
The Jerusalem latrine was found in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 1996 during excavations of a cesspool in the courtyard of a Spanish school.
In humans virus-fighting enzymes, known as viperins, are released into the bloodstream when the body detects an infection.
Bacteria that gain their energy from eating metal have long been suspected to exist, but have never before been identified.
The Health Ministry has greenlighted the Nachal Gilabon, Jordan River, Magrase Nature Reserve and Nahal Meshushim Nature Reserve to open to the public.
Reports of scientists finding bacterial bugs, enzymes, or even caterpillars that eat or break down plastic have been heard before, so what makes this one different?
Prof. Nathalie Balaban and Dr. Maskit Bar-Meir teamed up and showed that bacteria thought to be resilient to antibiotic treatment may in fact be treatable.
The WHO warned, however, that because Magrudis' products are so popular, and because they have a three-month shelf life, there is a likelihood of further cases in the coming weeks.