Cigarette smoke makes superbugs even stronger

April 4, 2015 3:29 PM

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(NEWSER) – Superbugs such as MRSA are already bad enough. But it turns out that something can make them even nastier: cigarette smoke.

Researchers found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria exposed to the smoke became more aggressive and far more difficult to kill, they explain at Eureka Alert. It's almost as if the smoke sets off an alarm that causes the bacteria to strengthen its defenses, explains the Union-Tribuneof San Diego. Sc...

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