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How do bacteria like klebsiella pneumoniae aquire resistant genes?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Plasmid/selection: Bacterial resistance is either transmitted between members by something called a plasmid, a small circle of dna that carries the resistance genes. This, coupled with selection from exposure to antibiotics, breeds populations of resistant bacteria.
Last updated Jul 15, 2013

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