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Mar 24, 2016

JMU-U.Va. expand research into antibiotic resistant bacteria

A $57,000 grant is helping biologists at JMU and U.Va. expand their collaborative research into understanding bacteria that are surprisingly resistant to a group of antibiotics used to treat critically ill or injured patients.

The latest grant, from 4-VA at U.Va., follows $18,156 in grants from JMU and U.Va. in 2013 for the project. It was after receiving the initial grants that the researchers, Dr. James Herrick, associate professor of biology at JMU, and Dr. Stephen Turner, head of the bioinformatics core at the U.Va. School of Medicine, started developing research methodology to investigate the bacteria that conferred resistance to antibiotics used to treat people mainly in intensive care units and burn units.

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