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Bacteria's appetite may be key to cleaning up antibiotic contamination

20:00 EDT 29 Apr 2018 | AAAS

(Washington University School of Medicine) Some bacteria can not only withstand antibiotics, but turn them into food. Until now, scientists have understood little about how bacteria manage to consume antibiotics safely, but new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis illuminates key steps in the process. The findings, published April 30 in Nature Chemical Biology, could lead to new ways to eliminate antibiotics from land and water, the researchers said. Environmental antibiotic contamination promotes drug resistance and undermines our ability to treat bacterial infections.

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