Using the class 1 integron-integrase gene as a proxy for anthropogenic pollution

@inproceedings{Gillings2015UsingTC,
  title={Using the class 1 integron-integrase gene as a proxy for anthropogenic pollution},
  author={Michael R. Gillings and William Hugo Gaze and Amy J. Pruden and Kornelia Smalla and James M. Tiedje and Yong-Guan Zhu},
  booktitle={The ISME Journal},
  year={2015}
}
Around all human activity, there are zones of pollution with pesticides, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and the microorganisms associated with human waste streams and agriculture. This diversity of pollutants, whose concentration varies spatially and temporally, is a major challenge for monitoring. Here, we suggest that the relative abundance of the clinical class 1 integron-integrase gene, intI1, is a good proxy for pollution because: (1) intI1 is linked to genes… CONTINUE READING
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