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Lose the Battle, Win the War?

Killing Bacteria is Not the Only Way to Fight Them

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Any infection is a battle between the body and the immune system. Killing as many bacterial foot soldiers as possible is one way to help the body win this battle. But another possibility is to strip bacteria of their weapons in the fight without killing them outright – an approach termed non-bactericidal.

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