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Following evolution of bacterial antibiotic resistance in real time.

06:00 EST 28th December 2011 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Following evolution of bacterial antibiotic resistance in real time."

A new study reports the development of the 'morbidostat', a device that allows for continuous culture of bacteria under a constant drug selection pressure using computer feedback control of antibiotic concentration. This device, together with bacterial whole-genome sequencing, allowed the authors to follow the evolution of resistance-conferring mutations in Escherichia coli populations in real time, providing support for deterministic evolution of resistance in some situations.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA.

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Name: Nature genetics
ISSN: 1546-1718
Pages: 11-3

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