from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A water-soluble broad-spectrum antibiotic, C18H36O11N4, obtained from the soil bacterium Streptomyces kanamyceticus.

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  • n. An aminoglycoside antibiotic marketed under the trade name Kantrex.

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  • n. antibiotic (trade name Kantrex) used to treat severe infections


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin kanamyc(ēticus), specific epithet of a species of actinomycete (Japanese kana-, golden (from the color of its colonies) + New Latin mycēticus, fungus from -mycētēs; see -mycete) + -in.


  • Researchers found that more than 99% of persisters were killed when sugar was added to a class of antibiotics known as aminoglycosides, which includes gentamicin and kanamycin.

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  • But environmentalists and some scientists worry that a gene in the potato that confers resistance to kanamycin and neomycin, two important antibiotics, could breed bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic.

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  • An independent studyby French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini released in January 2009 has strengthened their claims, finding thatBtbrinjalproduces a protein that could induce resistance to the widely-used antibiotic kanamycin.

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  • Again, I respond with a nice email explaining that no, there is no way that ampicillin-resistant strain is also resistant to kanamycin.

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  • So they attach a marker gene to it -- in this case a marker gene resistant to the antibiotic kanamycin.

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  • If the new seeds are resistant to kanamycin, scientists know the engineering process worked.

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  • Over the years they came up with a string of alternatives, including neomycin, kanamycin, gentamicin and tobramycin.


  • And the FDA is about to hold hearings on whether the biotech company Calgene may market a tomato containing a gene that confers resistance to the antibiotic kanamycin.

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  • The kanamycin antibiotic gene is readily expressed in bacteria and confers resistance to serve as a selectable marker.

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  • "Accordingly, the new agreed-upon definition of XDR-TB is the occurrence of TB in persons whose M. tuberculosis isolates are resistant to isoniazid and rifampin plus resistant to any fluoroquinolone and at least one of three injectable second-line drugs (i.e. amikacin, kanamycin, or capreomycin)."

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