Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in river water

The project, expected to last two years, will identify sources of Escherichia coli

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New ₹9.3 crore study to check antibiotic resistance in Ganga

The government has commissioned a ₹9.3 crore study to assess the microbial diversity along the entire length of the Ganga and test if stretches of the 2,500 km long river contain microbes that may promote “antibiotic resistance”.

The project, expected to last two years, is to be undertaken by scientists at the Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology, Allahabad; the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur; Sardar Patel Institute of Science & Technology, Gorakhpur, as well as start-up companies, Phixgen and Xcelris Labs.

The latter two provide genome sequencing services, which in this case will involve mapping the genomes of the microbes sampled.

 

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