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Friday, 14 September 2012

7 wonders of the microbe world - antibiotics (5/7)

in summary

- bacteria that harm us reproduce in the body creating toxins that harm us by damaging tissues and organs

- they can also produce antibiotics to protect themselves from other microbes

- they work by disrupting a critical function in the bacterial cell (eg renewing cell wall during growth so eventually bursts)

- but microbes can become resistant to antibiotics

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