New gene editing tool may help reduce spread of antimicrobial resistance

Updated: May 25 2023 5:42PM

New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) Scientists have developed a new gene editing tool which could help reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is a major global threat, with nearly five million deaths annually resulting from antibiotics failing to treat infection, according to the World Health Organisation.

Bacteria often develop resistance when resistant genes are transported between hosts. One way this occurs is via plasmids – circular strands of DNA, which can spread easily between bacteria, and swiftly replicate. This can occur in our bodies, and in environmental settings, such as waterways.