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Antimicrobial peptides are highly conserved immune effectors across the tree of life and are employed as combinations. In the beetle Tenebrio molitor, a defensin and a coleoptericin are highly expressed in vivo after inoculation with S. aureus. The defensin displays strong in vitro activity but no survival benefit in vivo. The coleoptericin provides a survival benefit in vivo, but no activity in vitro. To investigate this paradox we experimentally evolved S. aureus to increased resistancedoi:10.1101/194738 fatcat:bxbvcjapmnglbowkg2rabppr4u