Thursday, August 12, 2010

a world without antibiotics

Sarah Boseley for The Guardian (August 12, 2010)

Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?

Antibiotics are a bedrock of modern medicine. But in the very near future, we're going to have to learn to live without them once again. And it's going to get nasty

The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out. Once, scientists hailed the end of infectious diseases. Now, the post-antibiotic apocalypse is within sight.

Sarah Boseley raises this issue in her coverage of The Lancet Infectious Diseases publication of the study by Professor Tim Walsh and colleagues that “takes the anxiety to a new level” with details of the NDM 1 gene.

Link to The Guardian article

Link to our post of Prof Walsh’s study

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