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Bacterial Flora of Remote Tribespeople Carries Antibiotic Resistance Genes

by Michael Pardy-Washington University in St. Louis News Office
Scientists have found antibiotic resistance genes in the bacterial flora of a South American tribe that never before had been exposed to antibiotic drugs. The findings suggest that bacteria in the human body have had the ability to resist antibiotics since long before such drugs were ever used to treat disease.

It’s Not Always the DNA

by Washington University in St. Louis
Damaged messenger RNA can jam cellular machines that make protein. The failure to clear the jams and chew up bad messengers is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.