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A new species of superbug is emerging—and it loves when you eat sugar

As many as half a million people in the United States get sick because of Clostridioides difficile every year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. This microbe preys on people with lowered immune systems, and gut bacteria altered by antibiotic use—exactly the kind of patients whose bodies can't endure the resulting diarrhea and intestinal illness.  A new study of the bacteria's genome suggests that C. difficile is evolving into two species. And one of them is tailor-made to attack hospitals.  Read more.....



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