SPOTLIGHT: Study: Bacteria snack on antibiotics

 
In a study worthy of 1970s science fiction, scientists have discovered that some bacteria eat antibiotics, the very substances designed to kill them. These soil-dwelling germs flourished when given 18 different antibiotics ranging from gentamicin and vancomyin to Cipro. "They weren't only resistant, but super-resistant," one researcher said. Good thing the germs typically aren't big threats to humans. Report

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