Antibiotic Resistance Against Superbugs.though Fighting Against Superbugs

1994 Words Mar 28th, 2016 8 Pages
A current predicament in the field of science is antibiotic resistance against superbugs.Though fighting against superbugs; which can be defined as a strain of bacteria unable to be killed using multiple antibiotics, is now a large problem, in the past it was not. The evolution of resistance in bacteria due to antibiotic abuse and lack of product development has brought upon us once again the fear of a pre-antibiotic era; one where simple, once easily defeated infections could kill. Already, infectious diseases are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US and the 2nd across the entire world, and drug resistant superbugs send 2 million Americans to hospitals every year; killing 23,000 of those people. And any bacterium can quickly and easily become multidrug resistant, the leading cause of this being antibiotic misuse in both humans and animals.( "Clinical Infectious Diseases." The Epidemic of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections: A Call to Action for the Medical Community from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. UCLA Medical School. Web. 27 Mar. 2016.)
Bacteria are classified as microbes,which are single celled prokaryotic organisms that are invisible to the naked human eye. As diverse as humans are, microbes are even more so, having been on Earth 1,000 times longer than human beings, a total of 3.5 billion years. Because of this, microbes have evolved to inhabit practically all environments on this planet, from extreme high and low temperatures, no oxygen content, or…
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