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NEW YORK – A team from the UK, Germany, and Italy has demonstrated the value of interrogating sequence data from bacterial plasmids, along with chromosomal sequences, to identify antibiotic resistance genes and track their spread.

In a statement, co-senior and co-corresponding author David Aanensen, a genomic pathogen surveillance researcher affiliated with the Wellcome Genome Campus and Oxford University's Li Ka Shing Centre for Evolution, called plasmids "the missing parts of the puzzle" for following some forms of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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