Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
The number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics has increased in the last decade. Many bacterial infections are becoming resistant to the most commonly prescribed antibiotic treatments.
Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs may be left, enjoying reduced competition to grow and multiply. Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria.
Decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use is the best way to control resistance.
Children are of particular concern because they have the highest rates of antibiotic use.
Antibiotic resistance can cause significant danger and suffering for people who have common infections that once were easily treatable with antibiotics.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov
Who: Some Clark College biology students, along with other undergraduate students across the nation
What: Conducting research to discover new antibiotics
Funded by: Yale Center for Scientific Teaching
Details: Learn more at http://smallworldinitiative.org/about
Wearing a white lab coat and blue nitrile gloves, Ryan Kustusch stood in the front of his biology lab Tuesday at Clark College and instructed his students as they prepared to research new antibiotics.