Antibiotic resistance genes found in bacteria of remote South American tribe

April 20, 2015 10:09 AM

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Antibiotic resistance genes found in bacteria of remote South American tribe

The mountains of southern Venezuela are home to an isolated tribe of Yanomami Amerindians that has lived there since their ancestors first settled in South America over 10,000 years ago.

Before their discovery by Westerners in 2009, the tribespeople had had no contact with the modern world or exposure to modern antibiotics.

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