Our bodies are acting as a breeding ground for antimicrobial resistance genes

New research finds link between national antibiotic use and prevalence of AMR genes.

Illustration of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the colon epithelium, going on to pass its antimicrobial resistance genes to the surrounding bacteria
Illustration of an antimicrobial-resistant bacterium (white) on the colon epithelium. The antimicrobial-resistant bacterium will go on to transfer its antimicrobial resistance genes horizontally to the bacteria surrounding it. Credit: NANOCLUSTERING/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images