Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Our Food

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria areincreasing.   The overuse of antibiotics in raising farm animals is partially responsible for this.   Genetically modifying antibiotics along with greatly decreasing antibiotics in our food should reduce this problem.1

"In the laboratory, the spectinomycin analogs blocked the growth of strains of the pneumococcal bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics. The second-generation spectinomycins demonstrated increased antibacterial activity against Haemophilus influenza and Moraxella catarrhalis, which are additional common causes of respiratory infection. The spectinomycin analogs were also more effective against bacteria responsible for most cases of Legionnaires’ disease and the sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and chlamydia."1 

1. St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Re-Engineered Antibiotic Shows Potential for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Bacteria. Newswise


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