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Study reveals unsettling multidrug antibiotic resistance in remote Arctic soil microbes

Study reveals unsettling multidrug antibiotic resistance in remote Arctic soil microbes

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas geologist's work in the remote High Arctic of Norway has exposed the startling global spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes -- including multidrug-resistant "superbugs" -- that could have dire implications for human health worldwide.Jennifer Roberts, professor and chair of geology at KU, began by investigating the microbial geochemistry of thawing permafrost and its release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that speeds global climate change.But follow-up analysis of the soil samples Roberts collected in the Kongsfjorden region of Svalbard, Norway,...

February 8, 2019
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