The Japanese Health Ministry has found the country's first case of bacteria carrying a drug-resistance gene, which allows microbes to become "superbugs" untouchable by normal antibiotics, reports the Associated Press's Shino Yuasa. The gene, NDM-1, was found in a man who went to India for medical treatment — the gene, which was first reported in a Lancet study in August appears to be circulating widely in India, Yuasa says.

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