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Web Date: December 17, 2012

Labs Could Contaminate Rivers With Antibiotic Resistance Genes

Environment: Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes used in molecular biology experiments in Chinese rivers
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences, Safety
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: antibiotic resistance, genetic engineering, water pollution, molecular cloning

Researchers report that antibiotic resistance genes used in molecular biology and genetic engineering experiments may have reached the environment. In six Chinese rivers, researchers found bacterial DNA carrying these synthetic genes (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es302760s). Still experts call for more studies to confirm the results and pinpoint . . .

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