The US Is Finally Taking Action on Antibiotic Resistance

"Thanks to the overuse of antibiotics, hospitals, pharmacies, and big farms are all basically breeding programs for super-resilient, drug-resistant bacteria that can survive the strongest weapons humanity has against infection. For this reason, the federal government has convened the superlatively self-descriptive Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria."

"Chairing that mouthful of a task force is Dr. Martin Blaser, a physician and researcher at NYU’s Langone Medical Center—and bulldog for antibiotic temperance. Last year, Blaser’s book Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues showed that our society’s overuse of antibiotics isn’t just breeding superbugs. Antibiotics also wreak havoc on the beneficial microbiome that helps humans digest food, fight disease, and generally stay healthy."


The US Is Finally Taking Action on Antibiotic Resistance
WIRED had a chat with Martin Blaser, NYU doctor and chair of the White House’s new push to save ourselves from overusing antibiotics.

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