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Mycobacteria

Mycobacteria

According to a study published by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), harmful bacteria that cause diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy have developed resistance to antibiotics(Mycobacteria), necessitating novel techniques to manage them.

The study that was published in the journal ‘Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy,’ found that using antibiotics causes a two-phase killing of bacteria, with a large portion of it being killed quickly and a smaller portion surviving the antibiotics and persisting in the environment for long periods of time.

“The persisters also get killed because they remain susceptible to antibiotics, but the killing rate is much slower. Non-compliance with the duration of antibiotic therapy results in a relapse of infection caused by the persister,” a statement from the press release of RGCB.

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