Riding the Virus

Viruses that infect bacteria, or phages, inject their DNA into bacterial hosts and use them to create more and more phages until the hosts die. But bacteria, which have evolved to resist many antibiotics, have also learned to use the phages to their own advantage and become "superbugs," says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong.

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