"Arctic Ice Melt" by Harley D. Nygren / Public Domain

There Are ‘Superbug’ Genes in the Arctic. They Definitely Shouldn’t Be There.

Jan 28, 2019

By Rachael Rettner

A “superbug” gene that was first detected in India — and allows bacteria to evade “last resort” antibiotics — has now been found thousands of miles away, in a remote region of the Arctic, according to a new study.

The findings underscore just how far and wide antibiotic resistance geneshave spread, now reaching some of the most far-flung areas of the planet.

“Encroachment into areas like the Arctic reinforces how rapid and far-reaching the spread of antibiotic resistance has become,” senior study author David Graham, a professor of ecosystems engineering at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, said in a statement. The findings confirm that solutions to antibiotic resistance “must be viewed in global rather than just local terms.”

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