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Human Microbiome Project

Matt Allender

We have a rattlesnake in Michigan called the eastern massasauga. It’s listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

One of the threats it’s facing is a disease called snake fungal disease, and it can kill the snakes. 

Researchers have figured out some clues about how the pathogen affects the snakes.

A new study says aggressively treating lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients works – but only for awhile. 

Dr. John LiPuma of the University of Michigan says people with C-F live longer, healthier lives now because of antibiotics. 

But, after a while, the drugs kill off more benign bacteria.  That allows drug-resistent bacteria to flourish. 

Eventually, there’s nothing doctors can do for their C-F patients who develop bacterial lung infections.