Imagining a World Without Antibiotics
Imagine a world where a minor cut or scrape leads to septic shock. Where surgeons refuse to perform routine hip and knee replacements. Where pregnant women aren’t sure they’ll survive childbirth — and appendicitis means it’s time to kiss a loved one goodbye. Where more people die from infections related to cancer treatment than from cancer itself.
Within decades, as a new piece in the Economist made clear, this dystopia could become our reality.
Across the globe, bacteria and fungi are evolving to resist today’s leading medicines, a phenomenon known as antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. Unless researchers develop new and better drugs, these “superbugs” could send us back to the medical dark ages.
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