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Bacteria help themselves in damaged lungs

Detailed understanding of how unusual bacteria survive could help treat deadly infections that plague cystic fibrosis patients

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers have discovered that antibiotics made by Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria also serve as molecular snorkels that help the bacteria breathe even when buried in mucus or squeezed into the middle of a colony.

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