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Deadly Bacteria May Mimic Human Proteins to Evolve Antibiotic Resistance

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Deadly bacteria may be evolving antibiotic resistance by mimicking human proteins, according to a new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

This process of "molecular mimicry" may help explain why bacterial human pathogens, many of which were at one time easily treatable with antibiotics, have re-emerged in recent years as highly infectious public health threats, according to the study appearing in the online journal PLoS ONE, published by the Public Library of Science.

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