Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe pays homage to bacteria. Learning about antibacterial drug discovery "has given me a new respect for the nasty resilience of bacteria," he writes. "Their independent, free-living nature makes them nastier than even tumor cell lines. ... Their membranes are like armor plate compared to a lot of higher-organism cell lines, with the gram-negative organisms taking the trophy." And in case you're still not sure just how he feels about them, Lowe writes, "It’s like dealing with a swarm of tiny, self-replicating attack submarines."
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