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Our depleting antibiotic arsenal

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe that my generation is extremely fortunate when observed through the lens of history. Many of us will never know the pain of losing a sibling or child to polio, rheumatic fever, or diphtheria or the worry of minor cuts and scrapes becoming a lethal, untreatable infection. The advances of modern science and medicine have provided us with an arsenal of antibiotics to combat bacterial diseases, as well as effective vaccines that prevent many viral and bacterial infections from taking hold in the first place. However, our widespread abuse of antibiotics in both clinical and agricultural settings has led to an alarming increase in the amount of antibiotic resistant bacteria circulating in the environment and in our own bodies. Continue reading Our depleting antibiotic arsenal