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Old 02-03-2010, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default Polar Bear Droppings Advance Superbug Debate

Polar Bear Droppings Advance Superbug Debate
ScienceDaily
Jan. 15, 2010

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100113192011.htm
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Trine Glad, from the University of Tromsø, Norway, led a study that examined feces samples from five polar bears and rectal swabs from another five polar bears between 2004 and 2006. She said, "The presence of antibiotic resistance genes has previously been described in bacteria taken from the feces of deer, foxes, pigs, dogs and cats. The Barents Sea population of polar bears is located in an area that is sparsely populated by humans. This enables us to study an ecosystem with little human impact and should allow us to determine whether these genes are naturally occurring or are caused by exposure to human antibiotics."
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