Captive breeding programs may send disease into wild

New research has found that breeding programs for endangered animals could send disease out into the wild.

Brush-tail rock wallabies that are raised in captive breeding programs have been found to carry antibiotic resistance genes in their gut bacteria. These genes may be transferable into wild populations.

The reason for the potential spreading of the bacteria is still unknown, although researchers speculate that food or water may have been carriers.

Read more at Macquarie University