Narrator: This is Science Today. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans. Usually, these infections are easily treatable, but sometimes it can spread throughout the body and become life threatening. In these infectious cases, it's not easy to treat with anti-fungal drugs. Maho Uchida, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, says that's because these disease-causing pathogens are becoming increasingly drug-resistant.
Uchida: So people now try to come out with some new kind of antibiotics, which kill those anti-fungal pathogens such as Candida.
Narrator: Using a powerful technique called soft x-ray tomography at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Uchida found that a new class of synthetic antibiotics, called peptoids, are a very promising treatment for infectious Candida.
Uchida: We can see how the drug is actually affected to Candida by looking at the internal organelles and then we indeed found how effective this new kind of drugs.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.