Smuggling a CRISPR gene editor into staph bacteria can kill the pathogen

The technique takes advantage of the way the microbes naturally swap genes to become more harmful

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

BATTLING A SUPERBUG  A new approach to fighting antibiotic-resistance Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (purple spheres, shown in this scanning electron microscope image being ingested by a white blood cell) co-opts genes that normally make the bacteria more dangerous.

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