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Resistance is Futile - The Atlantic

Wednesday, September 14, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Resistance is Futile: We won't stop the rising tide of infections until we develop a new business model to fight them by Megan Mcardle

"What people might not know about resistance,” says Eric Utt, a former antibiotic researcher now working in Pfizer’s science public-policy division, "is that the resistant organisms are already there. This is why we find bacteria that are resistant to new antibiotics, even before those drugs reach the market.” They’re often the loners in the corner with the mutation that just happens to confer immunity to some super-drug. When we bombard their competition with lethal weapons, they get the place to themselves, and eventually, they take over. After generations of this, the super-drug loses its effectiveness.

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