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What causes antibiotic resistance? - Kevin Wu

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Right now, you are inhabited by trillions of microorganisms. Many of these bacteria are harmless (or even helpful!), but there are a few strains of ‘super bacteria’ that are pretty nasty -- and they’re growing resistant to our antibiotics. Why is this happening? Kevin Wu details the evolution of this problem that presents a big challenge for the future of medicine.

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Antimicrobial resistance statistics from WHO: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/e...

Antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus Aureus: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC15445...

How bacteria obtain antibiotic resistance: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/li...

SciShow video on super bugs and recent antibiotic research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-apdGwBPz4

Kevin Wu's science education YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmP3Q6kJy1Za80KOain53jw
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Where do you think these drugs or methods will go? Do you think that we will mainly rely on the development of new antibiotics that target different mechanisms or on the development of novel methods to fight off resistant bacteria?
07/07/2014 • 
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