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The tortoise and the antibiotic: a tale of environmental pollution

Written by Annie Coulson (Content Marketing Editor)

Galapagos tortoises drinking from pool of water

Galápagos tortoises that live in human-populated areas have more bacterial resistance to antibiotics than those that live in more isolated areas. The giant Galápagos tortoises inhabiting the most human-populated island of the archipelago have acquired more antimicrobial resistant genes (ARGs) than those that live in more isolated ecosystems with little human contact. Antimicrobial resistance has become one of the major threats to global public health, with the WHO predicting that by 2050 it could lead to more deaths than cancer, diabetes or traffic accidents, and result in an additional health expenditure of $1.2 trillion per year. Understanding and combatting antimicrobial...

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