Do You Speak Bacteria?

Swine Flu fears are growing. Flu shots are coming. Parents are watching their children's' temperatures. Public health officials are bracing for a wicked flu season. The nation is on alert for the invisible threat of flu viruses. We've reported on the risk and benefit of microbes before (link) but there's a lot more to say. For starters, they're more sophisticated than anyone realized, which is why they're such survivors. For generations we've battled them with antibiotics and other drugs. But growing antibiotic resistance means we need to get smarter about fighting the oldest surviving species on Earth. A microbial geneticist at Princeton University is learning to speak the language of bacteria - hoping she can understand just enough to surprise them with a sneak attack. Link:


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