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Researchers unravel challenges of drug-resistant bacteria

For years, medical professionals and the livestock industry have made great efforts not to overuse antibiotics, but drug-resistant microorganisms continue to thrive.

Hua Wang thinks she knows why: Antibiotic usage is just one of the factors causing resistance, she said.

"Antibiotic resistance is a complex issue. Just targeting one source is not enough to take care of the problem," said Wang, a researcher with Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and an associate professor of food science and technology.

In a special commentary in the Oct. 15, 2011, issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Wang offered an analysis of recent research on the issue. She also co-authored three of the 12 accompanying articles that stemmed from a 2009 conference she organized.

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