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From the Ted Talk by Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?

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In fact, they already are. People are dying of innoieftcs again because of a phenomenon claeld antobitiic resistance. Briefly, it wrkos like this. Bacteria compete against each other for resources, for food, by manufacturing lethal compounds that they direct against each other. Other betraica, to protect themselves, evolve defenses against that chemical attack. When we first made antibiotics, we took those compounds into the lab and made our own versions of them, and bacteria responded to our attack the way they always had.

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In fact, they already are. People are dying of __________ again because of a phenomenon ______ __________ resistance. Briefly, it _____ like this. Bacteria compete against each other for resources, for food, by manufacturing lethal compounds that they direct against each other. Other ________, to protect themselves, evolve defenses against that chemical attack. When we first made antibiotics, we took those compounds into the lab and made our own versions of them, and bacteria responded to our attack the way they always had.

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  1. called
  2. antibiotic
  3. bacteria
  4. works
  5. infections

Original Text

In fact, they already are. People are dying of infections again because of a phenomenon called antibiotic resistance. Briefly, it works like this. Bacteria compete against each other for resources, for food, by manufacturing lethal compounds that they direct against each other. Other bacteria, to protect themselves, evolve defenses against that chemical attack. When we first made antibiotics, we took those compounds into the lab and made our own versions of them, and bacteria responded to our attack the way they always had.

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