University of Southampton Study Shows How Copper Restricts the Spread of Global Antibiotic-Resistant Infections  
12/5/2012 7:29:24 AM

New research from the University of Southampton has shown that copper can prevent horizontal transmission of genes, which has contributed to the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant infections worldwide. Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in bacteria is largely responsible for the development of antibiotic-resistance, which has led to an increasing number of difficult-to-treat healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).