Friday, November 03, 2006

Resistant genes found in Colorado water

Rocky Mountain News: Local:
FORT COLLINS - Microbes in the waters of northern Colorado are carrying genes resistant to antibiotics, a problem scientists and health professionals need to take seriously, a researcher says.

Amy Pruden, an environmental engineering professor at Colorado State University, found the antibiotic-resistant genes in the Cache la Poudre River, as well as in treated water and wastewater.

The genes are resistant to tetracycline and sulfonamide, antibiotics commonly used in people and animals.

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