Persistence: a copacetic and parsimonious hypothesis for the existence of non-inherited resistance to antibiotics.

@article{Levin2014PersistenceAC,
  title={Persistence: a copacetic and parsimonious hypothesis for the existence of non-inherited resistance to antibiotics.},
  author={Bruce R. Levin and Jeniffer Concepci{\'o}n-Acevedo and Klas I. Udekwu},
  journal={Current opinion in microbiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={21},
  pages={18-21}
}
We postulate that phenotypic resistance to antibiotics, persistence, is not an evolved (selected-for) character but rather like mutation, an inadvertent product of different kinds of errors and glitches. The rate of generation of these errors is augmented by exposure to these drugs. The genes that have been identified as contributing to the production of persisters are analogous to the so-called mutator genes; they modulate the rate at which these errors occur and/or are corrected. In theory… CONTINUE READING
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