Scientists Look For Antibiotic-Resistant Germs In Raw Sewage
Humanity is rapidly approaching a post-antibiotic era. Overuse of these miracle drugs has contributed to the emergence of many bacterial strains that are resistant to once-effective treatments.
By Jonathan Lambert
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A study published in Science Advances journal highlights how tracking antibiotic-resistance genes in bacteria found in urban wastewater treatment plants could help scientists and public health officials get a fast and accurate picture of resistance in a city.
Read more about the very same study from another angle in our Wastewater Management group in the article titled Wastewater Reveals the Levels Of Antibiotic Resistance in a Region.
Katariina M. M. Pärnänen et al, " Antibiotic resistance in European wastewater treatment plants mirrors the pattern of clinical antibiotic resistance prevalence", Science Ad vances , March 2019, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9124
Read more on this research in the article published for National Public Radio
Earlier this month, researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering proved that low concentrations of a single type of antibiotic can lead to resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics. Read about it HERE.