Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Golden Age Of Antibiotics Is Short Lived !

For as long as humans have existed so have diseases. There are many preventative measures and precautions people can take to minimize exposure to germs; such as washing your hands daily to avoid the simple flu or something as contagious as hepatitis. Although it would be ideal to prevent the spreading of all infections or bacteria to one another it’s actually impossible. The antibiotic era started in the early 1900’s by a man named Alexander Fleming, who discovered ways to defeat illnesses such as the common flu, cold, and more with an antibiotic. However, what Fleming could not predict was how the viruses would respond and retaliate against these new antibiotics. In the 1980’s was when scientists first discovered resistance building up in these viruses you can find the research article (here).
Flemming eventually discovered that viruses can be viewed as some sort of species with a life of their own and will always find a way to thrive in any environment like any other “living thing”. As seen with MRSA in hospitals, a type of staph bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics allowing infection to spread and become life threatening. Although over the years hospitals have taken precautions to minimize staph infection patients are still at risk. The ultimate fight science face today is the rate at which viruses are exploiting the human body in cases such as cancer. Should we anticipate that one day we will have the research that will be the answer to eradicate viruses and harmful bacteria from our world or do we just accept the fact that it's a losing battle?
Thus far, scientists do not have the ultimate answer to eradicate all diseases. Throughout the years there have been many groundbreaking developments from which now we can cure malaria, varicella, mumps, measles and many other diseases that once would inevitably lead to death, but unfortunately during the past few decades new strains of bacteria have evolved and became resistant to antibiotics. This article here describes antibiotic drugs as delaying the inevitable, because only a few decades ago antibiotics were considered a “wonder” drug because it was actually effective. Currently science can only address these issues through tactics of slowing the rate at which bacteria become resistant and, also by applying our knowledge of evolution that living organisms will evolve when selective pressure is introduced. 

Posted by "Fredjah Desmezeaux" (7)


  1. First off, I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. This is a topic that is very relevant in the scientific world, and is something we should all be concerned about. Second, have you done any research on phages? Phages are virus's that are able to infect bacteria and destroy them. They can specifically target the virulent bacteria, while ignoring beneficial bacteria, like the bacteria in our digestive system. Do you think this an avenue that researchers should explore when trying to combat antibiotic resistance?

    Posted by Nicholas Georgette

    1. I recently read an article that this currently being research as an alternative.

      -fredjah Desmezeaux

  2. I really enjoyed reading your post, and find this to be an extremely interesting topic. After doing a significant amount of research on antibiotic resistance and bacteriophage therapy, phage therapy seems to be a promising future alternative due to its ability to target specific resistant bacteria. However, the scientific community still lacks a complete understanding of how the phages interact with the resistant bacteria and the host microbiome. Therefore, more research studies are required before any definitive conclusions can been made. Do you have any thoughts on phage therapy, or know of any other alternative treatments?

    Posted by Kayla Rosiello

  3. This was a very interesting post to me. I have done a fair amount of research into the antibiotic resistant bacteria realm. It is very interesting how well bacteria have evolved, and often can evolve in one person's body. It has been seen many times that a certain antibiotic starts to become less effective, and then a new antibiotic is used, and that works pretty well for awhile. Then that antibiotic becomes less effective, and no other antibiotics will work. This is because the population of bacteria evolve resistance to the bacteria. The resistance to one antibiotic will also help with the resistance to other antibiotics. This is because the resistant genes are effective to many types of antibiotics. Do you think that there is a likely candidate for the replacement of antibiotics to treat bacterial diseases.

    Posted by John Mariano

  4. You are such an eloquent writer! I just want to say that I think that the problem likely lies in the funding. I bet that it would be very hard to push for change in a medicine that is so widely used and doctors are used to prescribing. Antibiotic companies are likely lobbying for their presence to stay. Humans are stubborn.

    Posted by Lauren Mason

  5. absolutely! I am convinced pharmacutical companies make a fortune! and they want to keep that way. so research for alternative method will take years before it is accepted into medicine.