China's Smog Could Make It More Difficult To Fight Off Some Infections
The air pollution in Beijing has traces of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.By Lindsey Pulse | November 28, 2016
China's smog could make it more difficult for people to fight off some infections. The air pollution has traces of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
A team from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden took over 800 samples of DNA from humans, animals and various environments across the globe.
In Beijing, the air samples contained DNA from genes that make bacteria resistant to some "of the most powerful antibiotics we have" — including carbapenems.