Health: Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly imminent threat. When antibiotics are prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, the bacteria that survive the treatment are immune to the antibiotics. When those bacteria reproduce, the new strain is entirely resistant to the initial treatment. Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario may have solved this deadly problem, though; a soil sample from a national park in Canada may contain a compound that reverses antibiotic resistance. This specimen can be used to treat “superbug” infections, or infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Many ailments, including strains of E. coli, are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance; hopefully, this treatment provides a promising way to end this monumental problem!

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