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Antibiotic resistance just became more complex - scientists find superbugs can help weaker companions live longer

Scientists across the world have already raised alarm over the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and the associated rise in drug-resistant bacteria. Now, a new study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, has unearthed a further complicating factor regarding antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

The study revealed that bacteria that are susceptible to antibiotics can survive longer when in the company of their drug-resistant counterparts.

Read a recap of the study and what the finding means for the spread of antibiotic resistance in a news article in Infection Control Today: http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2016/12/antibiotic-resistance-just-became-more-complex-scientists-find.aspx

Reference:

Sorg RA, Lin L, van Doorn GS, Sorg M, Olson J, Nizet V, et al. Collective resistance in microbial communities by intracellular antibiotic deactivation. PLoS Biol 2016; 14: e2000631. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2000631

Link to the publication: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2000631