Resistance And Antibiotics: The Benefit Of Antibiotic Resistance

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Antibiotic resistance is precisely what it sounds like: the resistance towards some antibiotics bacteria may develop. This can lead to antibiotics being rendered useless while a person tries to fend off a disease. Over the years, this dilemma has only intensified as numerous bacteria have become resistant to countless antibiotics. Therefore, researchers and scientists alike have endeavored in figuring out not only the main culprit of antibiotic resistance, but also the multiple techniques to minimize antibiotic resistance along with the ramifications of antibiotic resistance in former and future generations. Antibiotic resistance is not a dilemma that has appeared spontaneously and without warning. The first known case of a bacteria becoming resistant to an antibiotic was documented in 1948, in which a bacterium had become resistant to penicillin (Lee). Since that time, approximately every bacterium known to harm humans has developed resistance to at least one type of antibiotic (Lee). Many of these bacteria have further mutated to become resistant to almost, if not every, antibiotic doctors can prescribe. This leads to longer hospital stays for patients and in some extreme cases—death. Since the time researchers genuinely began looking into antibiotic resistance, one main culprit of antibiotic resistance has been identified. The main culprit is the overuse of antibiotics to treat diseases. This overuse not only comes from doctors over-prescribing the antibiotics, but

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