So you survived Jaws’ bite - now beware its vrot teeth

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So you survived Jaws’ bite - now beware its vrot teeth

Local scientists explore what’s lurking in the oral cavities of great white sharks to improve antibiotics

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If you’re lucky enough to survive a shark attack, there could be another whole world of pain awaiting you: infections from shark bites caused by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

This is what prompted a group of researchers, led by Enrico Gennari from the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University, to explore what’s lurking inside the oral cavities of live great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias).

Why this species in particular? Great whites are responsible for almost half of all shark-related injuries in SA, yet “no information currently exists on the composition or antibiotic resistance of bacteria” hosted by these predators, say the researchers...

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