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New Insight into How Antibiotics Kill Might Make Them Deadlier
September 6, 2007
Scientists have what could be some very bad news for disease-causing bacteria. All three major classes of antibiotics that kill infectious bacteria do so in part by ramping up the production of harmful free radicals, researchers report in the Sept. 7, 2007, issue of Cell, a publication of Cell Press. Because those different types of antibiotics each initially hit different targets, it had been believed they worked by independent means.
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