Plasmids are pieces of independent DNA that often carry multiple antibiotic resistance genes. Plasmids can jump from one bacterium to another, spreading that resistance.
Now, a team of investigators in France has shown that bacteria that acquire plasmids containing resistance genes rarely lose them. The research was published in Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
In the study, the investigators focused on pla
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