Nevertheless, unlike conventional drug development, this research has the potential to open new avenues for countless treatments. It's a completely new way of thinking about fighting disease. And the cost of antibiotic resistance is difficult to ignore. Treating a patient who has garden-variety TB costs $12,000; treating one with a drug-resistant strain costs $180,000. The annual cost of antibiotic resistance may be as high as $30 billion annually. It's time to learn something from the bacteria: adapt to survive.
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