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Triclosan resistance to E. coli reported in Nature; household study begins in fall.

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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TRICLOSAN RESISTANCE STUDY NOT REFLECTIVE OF "REAL WORLD CONDITIONS," CTFA said Aug. 7 in response to findings published in Nature Aug. 6. The Tufts University Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance study by Laura McMurry, PhD, et al. determined that while the commonly used antibacterial agent triclosan normally inhibits the lipid synthesis in E. coli, "overexpressions" of the bacteria can "prevent this blockage" and thus build the organism's resistance to the ingredient. The study suggests this resistance could be part of the larger problem of antimicrobial resistance and that the overuse of triclosan in everything from deodorant soaps to waterless hand washes may be accelerating the problem needlessly.
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