Antibiotic-induced genetic variation: how it arises and how it can be prevented.

In a recent publication (Annual Reviews of Microbiology), scientists belonging to REIPI (Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Hospital Virgen del Rocío and Hospital Ramón y Cajal), in collaboration with the Université París Descartes-CNRS, have called the attention on the dangerous side effects of antibiotics because of their capacity to accelerate the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.…