Bacterial Resistance to Antiobiotics

We researched the exchange of genetic information of bacteria. Conjugation is one way in which bacteria exchange their DNA. We used two different bacteria, each with a resistance to a specific antibiotic. In our final step of our experiment we streaked the two bacteria together on a plate with both antibiotics. The result was that there was some bacterial growth. This growth suggests that the bacteria did successfully exchange their DNA. We believe conjugation is reason for the widespread cases of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Bacterial resistance is harmful to humans in that it will cause once treatable infections to become untreatable and sometimes fatal.

Research Done By:

Amanda Gruber
Warren Woods Tower

Beth Lind
L'Anse Creuse