Evolution of a Killer

A new study in mBio, a journal published by the American Society for Microbiology, describes the origins of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, reports Popular Science's Rebecca Boyle. It started as a bug in humans, but not as a drug-resistant superbug, Boyle says. That came later, when the bug made the jump to pigs.

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