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Photochemical Transformation of Antibiotics in Minnesota Waters.

Werner, Jeffrey J., Anne L. Boreen, Betsy Edhlund, Kristine H. Wammer, Elizabeth Matzen, Kristopher McNeill, and William A. Arnold .

There is growing concern about the release of antibiotic compounds into the environment and the possible long-term consequences this may have to human health and the ecosystem. Of particular concern is that the human introduction of antibiotic compounds into the environment provides a possible source for the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant genes in bacteria, narrowing the future usefulness of the antibiotic drugs of today. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey detected antibiotics and other pharmaceutical compounds in rivers throughout the United States, including the Mississippi River at Hastings, Minnesota. The authors investigated the persistence of antibiotics by assessing the rate of degradation and transformation of several classes of human and animal antibiotics in surface water in Minnesota.
Based on their analysis, the authors conclude that longer-lived antibiotics such as sulfa drugs and trimethoprim have more potential to pose an environmental risk than less persistent antibiotics investigated in this study. They offer several policy recommendations for dealing with the issue and suggest further areas for research.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
This study evolved out of research originally supported by a grant from the Faculty Interactive Research Program, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
35 (2): 1-5.
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Reporter 35 (2)

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