Bacteria are pretty wily creatures. Take for example, an organism such as Salmonella, which succumbs to antibiotics in lab tests, but can become highly resistant in the body.
It is an example of what UC Santa Barbara biologist Michael Mahan refers to as the Trojan horse strategy. Identified through new research conducted by Mahan and his colleagues, the Trojan horse strategy may explain why antibiotics are ineffective in some patients despite lab tests that predict otherwise. The research findings appear in the journal EBioMedicine.