Are viruses the best weapon for fighting superbugs?

Humans are in a new arms race against bacteria able to evolve resistance to antibiotics at much faster rates than scientists can develop drugs.1 Antibiotic resistance and multidrug resistance have been driven by number of factors triggered by modern life. Although overuse of antibiotics in humans is one factor, it's only one piece of the puzzle. In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially banned antibiotic use on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) for the purpose of growth promotion. Antibiotic use now requires veterinary prescription. However, antibiotics are dispensed as usual for the purpose of “disease prevention;” 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in industrial agriculture, with industry veterinarians continuing to support routine use.2 Another driving factor may be the particularly wide use of the herbicides, glyphosate and dicamba. Data reveal agrichemicals and antibiotics in combination increase the evolution of resistance. In fact, bacteria may develo

Are viruses the best weapon for fighting superbugs?

Antibiotics won the battle against resistant bacteria, but they may not win the war.

Wed 6 Mar 19 from Phys.org

How a Virus Can Save Your Life

Humans are in a new arms race against bacteria able to evolve resistance to antibiotics at much faster rates than scientists can develop drugs.1 Antibiotic resistance and multidrug resistance ...

Wed 13 Mar 19 from Mercola

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