A new epidemic in antibiotic resistance

March 18, 2015

 

 

Can we avert the post-antibiotic world? Maryn McKenna is leading the charge for understanding antibiotic resistance, and it's a problem far more dire than you might think. 

 

Every year, 50,000 people in the US and Europe, and 700,000 people across the world die due to bacteria winning the battle against antibiotics. 

 

The vast majority of farm animals are given antibiotics every day to fatten them up. 80% of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. go to animals, not people.

 

Maryn McKenna is giving at TED talk at this year's TED conference, but until the talk is live, read this article for more.

 

 

Photo Credit: Nick Saltmarsh

 

 

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