Author Archives: Dona Foster

Plasmids: traffickers of antibiotic resistance

Plasmids and antibiotic resistance The recent discovery of bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic called colistin prompted headlines warning of a ‘post-antibiotic era’. Colistin resistance had in fact been found before – what alarmed scientists this time was the location … Continue reading

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Diagnosing joint infections

Diagnosing prosthetic joint infections using bacterial genomic sequences An infection following surgery can occur in some patients when they receive a replacement joint such as a knee or hip joint. Although not very common, these infections may be take months … Continue reading

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