The End of Antibiotics?

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Antibiotics are the one single medical discovery to save more lives than any other. Today, sixty years after the start of their widespread use, we face a potential future without them. As more and more bacteria become resistant to current antibiotics, very few new antibiotics are approved for use, or even developed by pharmaceutical drug companies. What does the future hold? Will doctors be able to perform simple surgeries without the necessary infection preventions on hand? Can incentives be given to induce more research and development in this area? What should government be doing to avoid this catastrophic scenario?

 

Sitting On A Time Bomb (82min)

The animal husbandry industry has dramatically changed over the last decades. Farm animals are fed recycled animal protein feeds, manure, and petrochemical waste. In addition, a host of drugs, such as antibiotics and growth stimulants are used in industry. The consequences of these practices for human consumers are potentially devastating. In this lecture, the ramifications of antibiotics, mad cows’ disease and infectious diseases are discussed and analyzed.

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