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Antibiotic resistant superbug gene discovered in remote Arctic area thought to be among 'last pristine ecosystems' on Earth, shocking study reveals

Scientists have found a gene linked to antibiotic-resistant superbugs in an area said to be one of the last ‘pristine’ locations on Earth.  These antibiotic-resistant genes (ARGs) were first detected outside of the lab in 2010 in surface waters in Delhi, India.  But now, experts say the genes have traveled roughly 8,000 miles through human activity and the fecal matter of birds and other wildlife to reach a remote area in the Norweigian archipelago, Svalbard.  The discovery doesn’t bode well for the fight against antibiotic resistance, which has grown to be a global health crisis in recent years.  Read more...
 

 

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