KU researcher spots tough bug

State News

February 12, 2019 - 9:46 AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An antibiotic-resistant “superbug” that originated in India has been found in a remote part of the world by a group of researchers that includes a University of Kansas geology professor.

Jennifer Roberts, chair of KU’s Department of Geology, participated in a 2013 study of the soil in Svalbard, Norway, that found the superbug that originated in New Delhi, India. She told the Lawrence Journal-World that the detection of the superbug — a microorganism, or microbe, that is resistant to modern prescription medicine — in a remote area was surprising, especially for how quickly it got there.

The group expected to find no antibiotic-resistant microbes, but instead found 131. Finding the 131 of the microbes itself was not that surprising, as the antibiotic-resistant microbes can occur naturally in the wild, Roberts said.

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