How bacteria play pass the parcel - and help each other evade antibiotics

L-R: Professor James Whisstock, Dr Daouda Traore, Professor Julian Rood and Dr Vicki Adams.

Researchers from the Monash BDI and ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging have discovered information about how a previously unknown gene—called tcpK—functions to help pass the genetic instructions for antibiotic-resistance from one Clostridium perfringens bacterium to another. The research team, including Professor James Whisstock, Dr Daouda Traore, Professor Julian Rood, Dr Vicki Adams and Dr Jessica Wisniewski, anticipate that this discovery will facilitate future research aimed at controlling the spread of antibiotic resistance and toxin genes. Published in Nature Communications, this research has featured in The Herald Sun, Brisbane Courier, Adelaide AdvertiserPhys.orgBrightsurfInfection Control Today and Infosurhoy.

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