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Chapter 4 : Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the News
Stories about antibiotic-resistant bacteria were rarely seen in the media prior to the 1990s. Starting in the mid-1990s, however, stories about antibiotic-resistant bacteria were suddenly everywhere. Initially, news stories about antibiotic-resistant bacteria focused on resistance engendered by overuse of antibiotics by physicians. From there, the antibiotic story grew to include agricultural use of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the food supply. It seemed that there was no escape from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The thugs on the porch represent, of course, the increasing death toll being taken by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have arisen completely independently of genetically modified (GM) crops and are killing thousands of people every year. A more immediate cause for concern in the view of scientists is that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria selected on the farm enter and move through the food supply into the human body.
Key Concept Ranking
- Bacterial Proteins