Battling Antibiotic Resistance | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 39 | p. 2 | Letters
Issue Date: September 26, 2011

Battling Antibiotic Resistance

Department: Letters

The pharmaceutical industry is in a continuous battle against bacteria that develop resistance to antibiotics. There are many ways bacteria develop resistance; some, sadly, are caused by unwise actions of humans. A recent letter (C&EN, Aug. 1, page 4) and editorial (C&EN, June 6, page 5) critically discuss the use of low levels of antibiotics in healthy farm animals. These antibiotics are used for growth promotion, but they . . .

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