Analysis Of The Article ' New Gene Resists Our Last Ditch Drug '

998 WordsMar 17, 20164 Pages
Bethany Brookshire, the author of the article “New gene resists our last-ditch drug” found in the Society for Science & the Public, invoked fear and urgency in teen readers fascinated with biology and health. Throughout her article, Brookshire establishes that doctors, farmers, and everyday citizens should be cautious in the use of antibiotics and use methods to limit the spread of harmful bacteria (making the issue personal to the reader). She gains her readers’ attention and trust by quoting information from several scientists in different fields and from different parts of the world. Although her syntax was rigid and overly simplified, Brookshire connects to the teen readers by establishing credibility through an informative tone and effective use of references (her interviews with scientists and the article’s extra features). Brookshire is informative and persuasive in her popular article. She maintains an unbiased standpoint throughout the article when explaining the biological process of antibacterial resistance and how it is transmitted to other bacteria. Her explanations and definitions are clear and easy for a 7th grader to understand and use as a tool in their future studies in science. An example of this is when she writes, “Sometimes, all that is left are drugs that belong to a group known as polymyxins (PAH-lee-MIX-ins). These antibiotics are toxic in people. That’s why doctors use them only as a last resort. But they will kill off even the hardiest bacteria —
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