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Antibiotics as food for bacteria

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Antibiotic resistance against β-lactams is of paramount therapeutic importance. Although such resistance is known to involve degradation by hydrolysis, the molecular details of what happens next remain unclear. A new study reveals how soil microbes perform β-lactam catabolism and how this process can support bacterial growth.

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