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Date:2/11/2013

, even without American funding for research. His study of the Haihe River in China, funded by the Chinese government and published last year, found tetracycline resistance genes are common in the environment there as well. "We tested water and river sediment and couldn't find a sample that didn't have them," he said.

"Our philosophy in environmental engineering is that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of remediation," Alvarez said. "Prevention here is, basically, don't let these genes proliferate. Don't let them amplify in the environment. Stop them before they're released. And one easy way is to put up an anaerobic barrier."


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