Gut Microbes In Healthy Kids Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes, Washington University in St. Louis Study

Published: Nov 14, 2013

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Friendly microbes in the intestinal tracts (guts) of healthy American children have numerous antibiotic resistance genes, according to results of a pilot study by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The genes are cause for concern because they can be shared with harmful microbes, interfering with the effectiveness of antibiotics in ways that can contribute to serious illness and, in some cases, death.

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