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Which of the following is not a fundamental mechanism of antimicrobial resistance?

(a) Enzymatic degradation

(b) Antimicrobial targets of bacterial proteins

(c) Membrane permeability

(d) Fungal growth

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The question is from Genetic Aspects of Heavy Metal Resistance topic in portion Microbial Transformation of Heavy Metals of Environmental Biotechnology

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The correct choice is (d) Fungal growth

Best explanation: The basic mechanism of antimicrobial resistance is enzymatic degradation of the drugs against microbes, changes in the antimicrobial targets of bacterial proteins and modification in Membrane permeability, whereas, Fungal growth is independent of these mechanisms and do not result in antimicrobial resistance.

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