Ultra-bugs thrive on antibiotics

 作者:苍顸吊     |      日期:2019-03-02 01:08:00
BACTERIA that are not merely resistant to antibiotics, but feed on them are widespread in soil, say researchers who have discovered them by chance. A team of microbiologists led by George Church of Harvard University were hunting for soil bacteria that can turn plant waste into biofuels. They grew soil samples in pure antibiotics as a control and found instead that there were hundreds of species that thrived on various types of antibiotics. “We expected not to find a lot of bacteria that could eat antibiotics for breakfast,” Church says. “We were kind of surprised” (Science, DOI: