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There Are 'superbug' Genes In The Arctic. They Shouldn't Be There
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Nassau WilIiam Senior

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posted Monday, January 28, 2019 7:04:39 AM    Click Here to See the Profile for Nassau WilIiam Senior
A "superbug" gene that was first detected in India — and allows bacteria to evade "last resort" antibiotics — has now been found thousands of miles away, in a remote region of the Arctic, according to a new study.

The findings underscore just how far and wide antibiotic resistance genes have spread, now reaching some of the most far-flung areas of the planet.

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"Encroachment into areas like the Arctic reinforces how rapid and far-reaching the spread of antibiotic resistance has become," senior study author David Graham, a professor of ecosystems engineering at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, said in a statement. The findings confirm that solutions to antibiotic resistance "must be viewed in global rather than just local terms." [6 Superbugs to Watch Out For]

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Not "local" to the Arctic

Antibiotic resistance has existed for much longer than humans have been around. Indeed, bacteria naturally produce substances to defend themselves against other bacteria or microorganisms. (For example, penicillin comes from a type of mold, or fungus.)

But through overuse of antibiotic drugs, humans have accelerated the rate of bacterial evolution, and in turn, the development of antibiotic resistance in these organisms, leading to "a new world of resistant strains that never existed before," Graham said.

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porkelin

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posted Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3:35:08 AM    Click Here to See the Profile for porkelin
I can see bacteriophage therapy replacing antibiotics when antibiotic resistance becomes a severe enough problem in the west. According to wiki they use it clinically in Russia, Georgia and in Poland. They're more effective and more specific than antibiotics so they don't annihilate our whole gut microbiota.
Great specificity => lotta strains => expensive startup => business not taking the initiative

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