mcr 9 : New 'jumping' gene discovered: resistant to antibiotic ~ helpBIOTECH

08 May 2019

mcr 9 : New 'jumping' gene discovered: resistant to antibiotic



While sifting through the bacterial genome of salmonella, Cornell University food scientists discovered mcr-9, a new stealthy, jumping gene so diabolical and robust that it resists one of the world's few last-resort antibiotics.

Mcr-9 is the latest in this new series of "mobilized colistin-resistance" genes -- originally discovered in 2015. The National Center for Biotechnology Information, part of the National Institutes of Health, has added details about this new gene to its database. Medical professionals and others can now use this information to identify mcr-9 in bacteria isolated from food products and people.

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