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Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

The time is now to develop new antibiotics, but serious barriers stand in our way We’re all doomed. Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, where thousands of my fellow scientists flocked to present and absorb all the latest…

Study: Pneumonia bug gained drug resistance by swapping genes

PARIS, France — Bugs that cause childhood pneumonia and meningitis have evolved to evade vaccines by swapping bits of their genome with other bacteria, according to a study published Sunday. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, show how quickly these life-threatening pathogens can disguise themselves with borrowed genetic decoys, and…