There is no shortage of blame for the microbial mess we now find ourselves in. Antibiotics that used to easily cure infections no longer work, leaving us dangerously close to the pre-penicillin days. In the absence of new antibiotics (especially new classes), this trend can only continue. But, thanks to an observational study conducted by multiple groups in the UK, it may be possible to buy us some more time by using antibiotics more judiciously. They even tell us how.
Some of the "culprits" that have put us in this situation include:
- Evolution (selective pressure): It is inevitable that resistant bacteria or viruses will emerge when they are exposed to a drug that kills them, or inhibits their growth.
- Drug companies: Companies have been blamed for...