The line that stuck out the most in Dr. Sandra Breum Andersen’s talk at Biotech Without Borders last week was: “Antibiotic resistance isn’t new but we are massively selecting for it.”
The result is that bacteria, some of which can reproduce every 20 minutes, are developing mutations that allow them to survive attacks by antibiotics more and more often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 million Americans got sick from antibiotic resistant bacteria last year, and 23,000 of them died. Worldwide, the number of similar deaths is expected to be more than 700,000, and, according to some experts, by 2030 it’s expected that these viruses will kill more people than cancer.
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