The war on superbugs

New innovations are exploring how to battle extra-menacing bacteria

By Esther Landhuis, 15:27 PM July 14, 2014

The second of a two-part series: Read part 1

Antibiotics are wonder drugs. They treat a range of bacterial infections, from battle wounds and pneumonia to tuberculosis and pinkeye. But these medicines are losing their edge. Germs are becoming immune to the drugs that had been created to slay them. This dangerous trend has been emerging across the globe.

Called resistance, the phenomenon poses a growing health threat. It occurs naturally.  Microbes are constantly acquiring mutations — accidental...

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