Pesky plasmids contribute to resistance (commentary)

Pesky plasmids contribute to resistance (commentary)

THE definition of a plasmid is "a genetic element which replicates in the cells independently of the chromosomes" (World Book Dictionary).

Plasmids are a lot more than pesky; they are scary-dangerous when it comes to antibiotic resistance, and they are creating true superbugs that kill.

For clarity and consistency, people do not develop resistance to antibiotics. Germs do. They can do this in a couple of ways.

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