The video above should terrify you a little. Recorded at Harvard Medical School (HMS), the time-motion film lets you see “bacteria [Escherichia coli] develop resistance to increasingly higher doses of antibiotics in a matter of days.” And it amounts, says Harvard, to “the first large-scale glimpse of the maneuvers of bacteria as they encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotics and adapt to survive—and thrive—in them.” You can learn more about the experiment itself, and the video techniques used to make the stop motion, over at HMS. The experiment is also described in the September 9 issue of Science.
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I have known about this since the 1960’s. My late sister and brother-in-law owned a pharmaceutical company in South Africa. They only manufacturing analgesic pain medication. However, they made sure that if anyone was prescribed an antibiotic in our family we needed to complete the entire course, even if we felt better. The reason being that unless the prescribed course of meds was completed, our bodies woulld build up a resistance and this would cause germs to become resistant to antibiotics…
It seems to me that few physicians heeded this warning. AND here we are in 2016 and facing the inevitable.
C’est la vie.