Polar bears help shed light on antibiotic-resistant bacteria

01/13/2010 | Yahoo!

A study that tested the rectal swabs and fecal samples of 10 Arctic polar bears isolated from humans found little sign of antibiotic-resistant superbugs present in other animal species. The finding "enables us to study an ecosystem with little human impact and should allow us to determine whether these genes are naturally occurring or are caused by exposure to human antibiotics," said one of the Norwegian researchers who conducted the study.

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