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Antibiotic Resistance

December 1, 2017

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem for the world to face. For the past 70 or so years, antibiotics have played a vital role in treating infectious diseases. Throughout that time however, the bacteria that these drugs treat have become increasingly resistant to them. Due to this, the medical community has a growing need to generate new antibiotics that the bacteria cannot resist.

 

Antibiotic resistance is defined as the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of a drugs meaning that the bacteria continues to survive, thrive, and replicate. This resistance happens because people have many various types of bacteria, so when they go to take an antibiotic, that antibiotic will start to kill off the bacteria that are causing the infection as well as some good bacteria. That leaves a person with only the bacteria that are drug-resistant. Those bacteria, then replicate and take over.

 

Although antibiotics are an amazing scientific discovery, the growing resistance is a problem facing the modern medical community and is drastic need of a solution.

 

Works Cited

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC187680/pdf/aac00025-0033.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/about.html

 

 

 

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