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Key to New Antibiotics?
April 12, 2012
Researchers have discovered a remarkable prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico, one of the deepest and largest caves in the world and a place isolated from human contact for more than 4 million years.
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