AMU scientists develop technique to detect superbug

Scientists have sequenced the gene of 3 variants of NDM-1 and are now working on the genetics of its gene.

Updated: Jun 10, 2011, 00:36 AM IST

Aligarh: Scientists at interdisciplinary
biotechnology laboratory of the Aligarh Muslim University
claimed to have developed an easy technique for detecting the
multi-drug resistant superbug.

A team of scientists have sequenced the gene of three
variants of NDM-1 and are now working on the genetics of its
gene, Dr Asad Khan of the biotechnology department said in a
statement today.

According to the statement scientists at the
biotechnology laboratory here have conducted extensive
clinical trials using the above technique for detecting the

Widespread misuse of antibiotics in some countries,
including India and Pakistan, has led to the rise of
multi-drug resistant bacteria which are nearly impossible to
treat, they said.

The New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 was first
identified in December 2009 in New Delhi and since then the
scientists have warned of a serious threat of a "exponential
spread of this bacteria through humans."

The detection of the superbug, which was first reported
in medical journal Lancet in 2009, had sparked off a
controversy regarding the origin of this superbug.