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The Microbes Fight Back: Antibiotic Resistance
University of East Anglia, UK
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16 Dec 2016
Chapter 6: Spreading Antibiotic Resistance?
Published:16 Dec 2016
217 - 236
2016. "Spreading Antibiotic Resistance?", The Microbes Fight Back: Antibiotic Resistance, Laura Bowater
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This chapter focuses on the genetics that underpin antibiotic resistance. The swapping and transfer of antibiotic resistance among bacterial species will be explained. In addition, the emergence of new antibiotic resistant strains will be described with respect to the evolutionary pressure that is provided by mankind's reliance on antibiotics. This evolutionary pressure will be mapped on to Darwin's concept of “survival of the fittest”, where an antibiotic resistant bacterium can be the fittest in certain situations.
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