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Cow manure harbours antibiotic resistance genes

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:30

Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertiliser, contains a surprising number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics, a new study has warned.

14th century fossilized human feces contain antibiotic resistance genes

Last Updated: Saturday, March 01, 2014, 13:51

Researchers have discovered viruses containing genes for antibiotic resistance in a fossilized fecal sample from 14th century Belgium, long before antibiotics were used in medicine.

Antibiotic resistance genes found in 14th century human poop

Last Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014, 16:14

French scientists have discovered antibiotic resistance genes in fossilised human feces from 14th century, long before antibiotics were used in medicine.

Three billion-year-old proteins resurrected

Last Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 16:15

Scientists have resurrected two to three billion-year-old proteins from which the enzymes that armour superbugs against antibiotics have descended.

Antibiotic resistance in China increases: Report

Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012, 21:21

In a worrying trend, a Chinese government study has found that there has been a steady increase of resistance to antibiotic drugs, including 80 percent in some cases, far higher than in many other countries.