darwinian medicine

K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Tue Oct 24 16:38:32 EST 1995

Antibiotics and heavy metals.
A postgrad student of mine (Dr Paul Bardos, now at Nottingham Trent 
University, UK) looked at linkages between heavy metal resistance and 
antibiotic resistance. Although there is evidence from hospital studies 
that antibiotic resistance selection leads to increased heavy metal 
tolerance we could find no evidence for the selection working in the 
opposite direction, at least for heavy metal stress in soils.
Peter Harris,
University of Reading,
Department of Soil Science,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6DW, UK.
AKA P.J.Harris at reading.ac.uk

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