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Survival Surprises

Persistent Belief About Bacterial Persisters Is Found Incomplete

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, January 4, 2013
Bacteria have several ways to defend themselves against antibiotics. Out-and-out resistance through mutations in the bacterial genome is one. But there is a related phenomenon, persistence, that could perhaps best be described as "I'm not deaf; I'm ignoring you."

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