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Instead of using ever-stronger antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, the US government's military research division — DARPA — wants to try something else, says New Scientist. Since bacteria can adapt and find ways to resist antibiotics, DARPA wants to use adaptable nanotherapeutics based on siRNAs, which would be programmed to find specific genes in the bacteria and silence them.

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