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Bribing bacteria to play nicely is good for everyone: Scientists find that common dietary elements cure lethal infections, eliminating the need for antibiotics

Researchers report that giving mice dietary iron supplements enabled them to survive a normally lethal bacterial infection and resulted in later generations of those bacteria being less virulent. The approach demonstrates in preclinical studies that non-antibiotic-based strategies -- such as nutritional interventions -- can shift the relationship between the patient and pathogens away from antagonism and toward cooperation.

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