So now antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" are the danger du jour. Please, don't we have bigger things to worry about?
Evolution is happening in the short span of a human lifetime.
Well, you’d never see a single cell organism, or insect, that large, but microbes may indeed inherit the Earth at the rate we’re exterminating species.
That booger at the door is the one that just had a hold on me!
People all over the country are dying from these drug resistant bacteria. The private drug firms don’t do research to improve anti-biotics because it’s not as profitable. i think the government needs to start pushing the NIH for research grants to develop new drugs to treat these “super bugs.”
Of course it doesn’t help that every time we get a sniffle we run to the doctor for a prescription and just build up an immunity to the existing drugs effectiveness. .
The biggest thing that can be done, and quite frankly, MUST be done, to decrease the problem of antibiotic resistance, is to stop the routine use of antibiotics in feedlot animals to bulk them up.
About 80% of antibiotics used in the US, are used in routine administration to feedlot meat animals. These animals are a rich breeding ground for antibiotic resistant bacteria because of this constant exposure. These bacteria are then shed into the soil of the feedlots, where they swap genes freely with soil bacteria, plus workers pick up the resistant bacteria and they spread beyond the area. Gene transfers between species of bacteria are easy and common, and the person-to-person contact of feedlot workers and the spread through soil bacteria ensures that resistance genes developed in meat animals spread worldwide whether or not any given individual has ever had any kind of contact with the meat animal itself.
Even our last great hope against resistant infections, vancomycin, is used to fatten animals in feedlots in the US, Canada and Australia now, which means that its usefulness is going to be limited to only a few more years. People in hospitals are already dying for cheap meat – literally.
“Round up” is an herbicide, not a pesticide. It is their “frankencorn” that produces INSECTICIDE, in a FOOD product, that is a tad scary on that genetic research. They DO produce crops RESISTANT to “Roundup” however, and that is what they’re suing farmers, whose own fields have been contaminated by farmers planting the Monsanto varieties.
Wait a minute—all these intelligent comments about evolution in action—where are the usual batch of crazies to tell us that evolution doesn’t happen, and that the particular invisible man in the sky that they happen to believe in made everything 6,000 years ago? Exoticdoc2, you and your buddies out there?
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
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