New Delhi: The recent claims of the India government regarding the emergence of ‘Superbug’ have been challenged by an international research magazine. The magazine has challenged the Indian government’s contention that ‘Superbug’ which reduces the impact of an antibiotic, has existed in the environment forever. The study conducted by the magazine proves that Superbug was formed very recently.

Member of the research team of the Cardiff’s University said, “The new research has proved that the claims of the Indian government are scientifically incorrect.” The recent study has been published in the International Health Research journal ‘Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.’

According to him, the NDM-1 gene (New Delhi Metallo B Lactamase) or the Superbug has come into existence very recently. Before this there were different types of genes present in the environment which reduces the impact of antibiotics. But the Superbug has recently formed out of fusion of two genes. This can undergo change in future.

According to the ‘Lancet report’ on NDM-1 gene, the gene can be largely found in India which emerges due to widespread use of antibiotics. People who come to India for medical treatment were found to be having the gene in large proportions in their bodies. Initially the Central government rejected the presence of any such gene in India but later argued that it could be traced anywhere and has existed in the environment forever. Therefore it is inappropriate to name it after the national capital of India; New Delhi.

JPN/Bureau