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Old 04-08-2011, 01:36 PM
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Initially thought to be a danger only in hospitals, bacteria with the antibiotic-proof gene than can be horizontally transferred to other bacterial strains has been found in New Delhi's tap water network by researchers from the University of Cardiff led by Dr. Timothy Walsh as reported in the Lancet Infectious Diseases website.

The enzyme that causes this almost bullet-proof resistance to antibiotics is called NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1) because it was first described in a patient that acquired an infection from India. Indian scientists have since demanded that such 'geographic names giving' be abandoned and replaced by 'scientific names giving'. PCM (Plasmid-encoding Carbapenemase-resistant Metallo-B-Lactamase) has since been proposed to replace NDM-1.
Enzyme that turns different bacteria into 'superbugs' found in tap water - International Business Times
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