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Rise of the Superbugs

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Published on Apr 15, 2015

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Are we entering the post-antibiotic era? Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, with millions of infections reported every year and thousands of deaths. How does antibiotic resistance work? How did we get here? And what can we do in the future to make sure that papercuts don't spell a death sentence?

Explore further:

Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future - Maryn McKenna: https://medium.com/editors-picks/892b...

Antibiotic-Resistant Germs, Lying in Wait Everywhere - Carl Zimmer: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/sci...

The story of Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/ed...

Ramanan Laxminarayan at TEDMED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWHq2...

FDA statement on Triclosan (in antibacterial soap): http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consu...

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