Tue Nov 5, 2013, 09:47 AM
hatrack (36,839 posts)
Human Bacterial Resistence Genes Confirmed In Crows, Gulls, Flies, Seawater, More
n addition to crows, resistance genes have been detected in gulls, houseflies, moths, foxes, frogs, sharks and whales, as well as in sand and coastal water samples from California and Washington.
The spread to wildlife is “an indicator of the wide-reaching scale of the problem. Microbes connect the planet,” said Lance Price, a professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University. “The danger is that we enter a post-antibiotic era in which even our last-line drugs won’t work and routine infections become life-threatening,” he said.
While antibiotics have revolutionized medicine in less than 100 years, antibiotic-producing bacteria have existed in nature for millions of years. Natural antibiotics likely evolved as weapons in a biological arms race between competing bacteria.
But the environmental drug resistance that Ellis and others are now seeing is different – it’s manmade. “What has changed is that we’ve placed great selective pressure on bacteria with our use of antibiotics,” said Ludek Zurek, a microbiologist at Kansas State University who participated in the crow study.
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Response to hatrack (Original post)
Tue Nov 5, 2013, 07:17 PM
Ghost Dog (13,713 posts)
1. The danger is that we enter a post-antibiotic era...
Not the danger: the inevitability.
There's one big anthropo-natural population-reduction mechanism right here. This one might even affect 'the rich' alnost as much as 'the poor'.
Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #1)
Tue Nov 5, 2013, 07:32 PM
hatrack (36,839 posts)
2. Yes, it's probably inevitable at this point
Read "Thirdworldization" in Laurie Garrett's "The Coming Plague" for a look at how HIV, tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance and growing global poverty combine to take down neighborhoods, cities, entire countries.
Meanwhile, we've been busy developing twelve different brands of boner pills, six-second videos and 140-character messages.
Response to hatrack (Reply #2)
Wed Nov 6, 2013, 06:36 AM
Nihil (12,368 posts)
3. Ya gotta admire the priorities of the modern world haven't you?
> Meanwhile, we've been busy developing twelve different brands of boner pills,
> six-second videos and 140-character messages.