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Topic: Welcome to the post-antibiotic world
Road Warrior Queef
posted 05-02-2014 03:09:41 PM
If we're not there yet, we're close.

One thing I thought was most interesting is that the last new class of antibiotic was discovered 27 years ago. It's no wonder we're running out of drugs to use.

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posted 05-02-2014 10:15:03 PM
It's worth noting that antibiotic resistance is not a new adaptation, but a naturally occurring trait generally found in soil bacteria like anthrax. It's energy intensive and in a normal environment it is not a survival trait.

With the FDA banning many antibiotics for livestock, one of the primary drivers of antibiotic resistance will be tapering off, and it's entirely possible that we'll avoid a post-antibiotic world.

Maradon! fucked around with this message on 05-02-2014 at 10:15 PM.

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