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Sommariva 1 Nicholas Sommariva Glen Meades Biology 141 Lab 19 September 2011 Effect of Temperature on Beta-Lactamase Activity For years scientists have been aware that bacteria can gain antibiotic resistance. As antibiotic medication and antibacterial cleaning supplies became more commonplace, strains of bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotics became more standard. Now, some bacteria, even deadly strains, are resistant to the antibiotics that used to kill the bacteria. Bacteria gains this resistance by acquiring plasmids, tiny pieces of circular DNA that move freely in cells. These plasmids may code for a resistance gene (Levy, 1998). These plasmids can code for enzymes such as beta-lactamase, which in turn makes the bacteria resistant by breaking down the four-atom ring, which disables the cell’s antibacterial abilities (Ambler, 1980). In response to this problem, scientists have been trying to understand what conditions would inhibit the beta-lactamase from breaking down the
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course BIO 141 taught by Professor Dr.cafferty during the Fall '11 term at Emory.

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