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Dangerous liaisons: Bacterial 'sex' causes antibiotic resistance

"Bacteria have very peculiar sex lives. When humans have kids they mix up their DNA with that of their partner, but bacteria can pick up DNA from all sorts of places, even other species. Our research shows that bacteria which do this, that is undergo sex, with their own and other species are more likely to develop resistance to antibiotics, protecting them from being killed by these drugs." said Dr William Hanage from Imperial College London and lead author of the study that found some disease-causing bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics because they have peculiar sex lives.

The new study helps scientists understand how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics, which is a major challenge for those treating infectious diseases
 
 

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