(DigitalJournal) An antibiotic resistance gene has been detected in wastewater treatment plants in northern China, according to a new report. The discovery could trigger a rise in antimicrobial resistance and hence a health threat.

New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1) is a gene that can cause antimicrobial resistance. Specifically, NDM-1 is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics. Beta-lactam antibiotics) are a broad class of antibiotics and among the most commonly used worldwide.

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