When penicillin was introduced in the 1940s, it changed the world. Before, hospitals were full of people with blood poisoning from minor injuries; after, patients with previously untreatable infections like pneumonia and gonorrhea were being cured right and left. But in the decades since, bacteria have evolved to resist our miracle drugs. Now, the CDC estimates at least 23,000 Americans die every year from an antibiotic-resistant infection. The only way to fight back is to develop new antibiotics, and all but a few drug companies have stopped trying. New efforts, however, could change that.
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Written by Ashley Hamer July 17, 2017
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