Sneaky Bacteria Can Swap Genes, Making Them Immune to Antibiotics

Cornell scientists discovered a bacterial gene that makes them resistant to last-resort antibiotics. They hope it will help doctors screen for superbugs.

Antibiotic Resistance A newly-discovered gene gives infectious bacteria the ability to survive even the strongest antibiotics. Cornell University biologists found the bacterial gene mcr-9, which when activated makes bacteria resistant to an “antibiotic of last resort” called colistin, according to research published in the journal mBio on Tuesday. If bacteria with the gene were to […]

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