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Agricultural Abuse of Antibiotics: Looming Crisis Warrants Big Changes

Friday, August 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janice Kim
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As soon as antibiotics were discovered and developed for medical use, bacteria began the Darwinian "arms race" that has been fought ever since, with pathogens developing resistance to antibiotics, necessitating continual development of new types of medications and increasingly difficult infect agents arising with increasing regularity. Some of the most informed experts have been warning that humans are now starting to lose more of these battles every year. The specter of untreatable and virulent outbreaks, local or pandemic, increases with each decade; as a review put it a decade ago, "Antimicrobial resistance has reached crisis stage in human medicine."


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