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The ancient history of antibiotic resistance

In the medical world, bacteria that resists antibiotics has been blamed on overuse of miracle drugs. It's thought the drugs, while intended to kill infections, are actually allowing bacteria to adapt.

However, new research shows that perhaps antibiotic-resistance is something much more old school than that. In the latest edition of the journal, Nature, McMaster University researchers have found resistant bacteria in soil from Yukon permafrost. And this stuff dates back to as far as 30,000 years ago.

To find out more about it, Airplay guest host Tara McCarthy spoke with Dr. Gerry Wright with the MG DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster.

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Read the article in the journal, Nature, here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature10388.html