Cluster of drug-resistant gut bacteria found in gay men


A computer-generated image of a cluster of drug-resistant, curlicue-shaped Campylobacter bacteria.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A computer-generated image of a cluster of drug-resistant, curlicue-shaped Campylobacter bacteria.

A cluster of antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Campylobacter coli has been found men who have sex with men (MSM) in Seattle and Montreal, researchers report in a new study. A cluster is a group of strains that are very closely genetically related.

One of the bacterial strains appears to have acquired a new gene that made it able to resist antibiotics via the DNA sequences known as CRISPR

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