Saturday, 9 July 2016

Antibiotic Resistance — What Promotes It, and How Can We Beat It?

Deadliere Than Heart Disease

 This article makes alarming reading.  Nevertheless, it's important to be aware of the dangers of Antibiotics Resistance as we can already see evidence of this fact:

  • Prior to antibiotics, half of the world’s population died from infections. This is the reality we now face yet again, unless we somehow manage to get antibiotic resistance under control
  • Bacteria are incredibly adaptable, capable of sharing genetic material through proximity alone. If they’re close enough, gene packages can rapidly transfer between different bacteria
  • Bacteriophages, a type of virus, are a natural predator of bacteria, capable of killing bacteria that antibiotics cannot. Phage therapy is now being explored as a potential alternative to conventional antibiotics

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