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Jan 12 14 1:44 AM

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Article discusses increased antibiotic resistance among bacteria when exposed to mercury

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC187773/AbstractIn a survey of 640 human subjects, a subgroup of 356 persons without recent exposure to antibiotics demonstrated that those with a high prevalence of Hg resistance in their intestinal floras were significantly more likely to also have resistance to two or more antibiotics. This observation led us to consider the possibility that mercury released from amalgam ("silver") dental restorations might be a selective agent for both mercury- and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the oral and intestinal floras of primates...