Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics
Penicillin was the first antibiotic discovered. Soon more and more antibiotics were developed. The excess amounts of these antibiotics have caused many bacteria to produce strains that are resistant to antibiotics (Nicolaou). During the last decade, there has been a shocking increase in the appearance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria because of an increased use of antibiotics combined with the extraordinary ability of bacteria to develop resistance. A related question and potential problem is whether the supposedly less fit, dangerous, resistant bacteria might accumulate compensatory mutations that restore fitness and virulence without loss of resistance, and thereby stabilize the resistant population. Many bacteria become resistance because of human errors and the excess use of antibiotics to kill bacteria (Levy).
When we take antibiotics as a prescription, the doctor will always tell you to take if for some number of days. However, right after we start to feel better, we stop taking it. This leads to resistant-bacteria. Most of the bacteria will be dead when you stop, but some will still be alive. …
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