Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Study finds widespread antibiotic resistance in nature

 

Scientists have discovered that the natural environment is a major reservoir of antibiotic resistant genes

Resistance to commonly used antibiotics are in the genes of bacteria everywhere, researchers at the University of Lyon in France have discovered.

A worldwide study of the gene sequences of bacteria, published in the journal Cell Biology today, has found resistance across 71 environments, including oceans, soil and human feces.

The researchers analysed gene samples from public repository websites.

Lead author of the study, Joseph Nesme, said while the finding that antibiotic resistance exists in the environment is not new, the results showed they were present in considerable abundance.

They found that 30 % of total known antibiotic drugs resistance genes could be found in a single soil sample.

For the rest of the story: http://theconversation.com/study-finds-widespread-antibiotic-resistance-in-nature-26373

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