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Antibiotic Resistance in and from Nature

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  • Author: Julian Davies1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Life Science Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada; 2: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Source: microbiolspec October 2013 vol. 1 no. 1 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.OH-0005-2012
  • Received 10 September 2012 Accepted 09 December 2012 Published 25 October 2013
  • Julian Davies, jed@mail.ubc.ca
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    Recent studies have shown that antibiotic resistance genes are omnipresent in nature. Human use of antimicrobial compounds as therapeutics, growth-promoting agents, pesticides, etc., over the past half century have contributed to this situation.

  • Citation: Davies J. 2013. Antibiotic Resistance in and from Nature. Microbiol Spectrum 1(1):OH-0005-2012. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.OH-0005-2012.

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Recent studies have shown that antibiotic resistance genes are omnipresent in nature. Human use of antimicrobial compounds as therapeutics, growth-promoting agents, pesticides, etc., over the past half century have contributed to this situation.

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