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A MULTIDISCIPLINARY consortium of nine academics from the University of Bristol has been awarded £1.5 million for a research project looking at antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals and the risks it poses to people. The funding, from the Natural Environment Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council, has been awarded under the ‘AMR in the Real World’ programme.
The project, which will be led by Matthew Avison, from the university's School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, aims to test whether antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle cause drug-resistant infections in people.
‘There is little doubt that overusing antibiotics in farm animals and pets increases the number of AMR bacteria in those animals, just as it does …