New Delhi: The editor of leading medical journal Lancet has apologised for the naming of an antibiotic resistant superbug after the Indian capital, saying it was an error.A report in the magazine last year about the superbug New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamese-I originating in India had created uproar in the country."The science behind the report was very strong, sound and correct. But it should not have been named after a city," Dr Richard Horton told reporters in New Delhi."It was an error and I apologise for it. I think it should be renamed, but it should be up to the microbiologists (who discovered the superbug)," he said.
Karthikeyan, research student at AL Mudaliar postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, co-authored the research article with Timothy Walsh, published in Lancet.The Department of Health in the UK had put out an alert on the issue, raising the hackles of the Indian medical fraternity. PTI