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Widespread antibiotic resistance found across 71 environments, including oceans, soil and human feces

By Pat Hutchens, The Conversation 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…

Antibiotic resistance giving killer diseases free rein: WHO

The rise of superbugs, stoked by misuse of antibiotics and shoddy hospital hygiene, is enabling long-treatable diseases to once again become killers, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday. In a hard-hitting study of antimicrobial resistance……

Cow manure fertilizer can create deadly human superbugs, study finds

Cow manure, commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics, a US study out Tuesday found. These genes come from the cows’ gut bacteria, and while none have yet been found in superbugs that are infecting humans, researchers said the…

CDC warns: Drug-resistant infections kill 23,000 patients a year

Centers for Disease Control says 23,000 people a year die as a direct result of resistance and 14,000 die from related infections The US faces “potentially catastrophic consequences” if it does not act immediately to combat drug resistance which already kills an estimated 23,000 people a year, the Centers for…

Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

The time is now to develop new antibiotics, but serious barriers stand in our way We’re all doomed. Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, where thousands of my fellow scientists flocked to present and absorb all the latest…

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