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Companion animals may harbor mcr-1 gene, pass it to humans

August 29, 2016

Researchers are suggesting another possible reservoir and mode of transmission for the colistin-resistant mcr-1 gene that has heightened fears about antimicrobial resistance: companion animals.

The mcr-1 gene already has been detected in humans, food and food animals, and recently was detected in the United States for the first time in two Escherichia coli isolates.

Asymptomatic man likely transmitted Zika to woman through sex

August 29, 2016
Researchers suspect that a man who returned from a trip to the Caribbean likely transmitted Zika virus to a woman through unprotected sex despite not having any

University of Kansas, Peace Corps partner to combat HIV in Africa

August 28, 2016
The University of Kansas announced it is partnering with the Peace Corps to provide a custom, web-based resource known as The Community Tool Box to staff and volunteers…

AstraZeneca enters agreement with Pfizer over antibiotics portfolio

August 27, 2016
AstraZeneca announced it will sell the full commercialization and development rights of its late-stage small molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer, while AstraZeneca…
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FDA recommends Zika testing for all US blood donations

August 26, 2016
Today, the FDA expanded its recommendation for Zika virus testing to include all donated whole blood and blood components acquired in the U.S. and its territories. Prior…
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