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Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases

A report issued by the CDC says more and more infectious diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The agency says every year, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Of those two million, at least 23-thousand die. A day may come – and some doctors argue it already has – […]

A report issued by the CDC says more and more infectious diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The agency says every year, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Of those two million, at least 23-thousand die.

A day may come – and some doctors argue it already has – that these so-called “superbugs” – antibiotic-resistant bacteria – will become serious health threats to us all. Some say the solution is to simply try to develop even stronger antibiotics. Others argue eventually the best antibiotics we can develop simply won’t work, and that we must change our approach, and find a way to live symbiotically with bacteria.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about the role Houston-based researchers play in determining how best to fend off such superbugs in the future.

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