Indian currency notes harbour antibiotic-resistant genes
Currency notes, one of the most commonly exchanged objects, are known to harbour disease-causing microbes. Now, a group of Indian scientists has found antibiotic resistant-genes along with bacteria and viruses in rupee notes, giving the phrase dirty money a potential health twist.
This team of scientists, from the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, studied rupee notes usingâ€”possibly for the first timeâ€”a shotgun metagenome sequencing approach. This method employs a relatively new analytics and sequencing approach with complex data to identify microbes in a sample.
The scientists found 78 pathogens and 18 antibiotic resistant-genes in the samples they tested.
Updated : 03 April 2018, 12:55 PM