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New target identified to develop treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

31 Mar 2021 By Talitha Smith, Communications Officer, Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG)

Scientists confirm bacteria’s genetic ‘Swiss army knife’ is key driver of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a huge challenge facing society globally, posing a threat not only to human health but in areas such as food security and the economy. The more we know about the mechanisms behind antibiotic resistance, the better we can respond to these threats. New research, published in eLife, by scientists at the University of Oxford and Universidad Complutense de Madrid has confirmed that one of those mechanisms – driven by a sophisticated genetic system known as an integron – plays a key role in accelerating resistance and gives bacteria an ‘incredible opportunity’ to evolve in response to antibiotic treatment.