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Antibiotics stimulate gene exchange in swine gut microbes

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Livestock farms in the U.S. use an estimated 24.6 million pounds of antimicrobials for nontherapeutic purposes every year. A study in mBio this week reveals new evidence that adding antibiotics to pig feed stimulates gene exchange in the guts of these animals, a development that could move antibiotic resistance genes where they’re not wanted. http://goo.gl/huZDR
 
 

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