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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA have proven a challenge to treat, and researchers are looking for new ways to get around, control, or drug these bugs. Scientific American's Katherine Harmon says the answer to the problem may be within the bugs themselves. Two papers recently published in Science show how a certain class of bacteria elude antibiotics using the same mechanisms that help them deal with environmental stress, Harmon says.

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