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Pig Farms May Contribute to Antibiotic Resistance

Agriculture: Researchers link tetracycline resistance in bacteria with levels of the antibiotic in soil near Chinese pigsties.
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: antibiotic resistance, tetracycline, pig farms

As bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance, scientists fear the emergence of super bugs immune to our pharmaceutical arsenal. These resistance genes have spread among bacteria in part through the overuse of antibiotics in people and livestock. Now researchers have demonstrated how routine antibiotic use at Chinese pig farms may have increased levels of tetracycline resistance in soil bacteria from nearby farmlands (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI 10.1021/es1007802).

"In China and elsewhere, large amounts of antibiotics . . .

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