Resistance is fatal

posted by
May 17, 2011
In These Times
by Terry J. Allen  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"If compassion isn’t reason enough for global policymakers to fund safe drinking water, sanitary conditions and decent healthcare in the developing world, perhaps self-interest will be. A deadly supergene, New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1), has emerged. It produces an enzyme that helps bacteria withstand even the most powerful of antibiotics. The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning of 'a doomsday scenario of a world without antibiotics,' in which antibiotic resistance will turn common infections into incurable killers and make routine surgeries a high-risk gamble." (05/17/11)  
  • As usual, this seems to ignore the fact that new ways of dealing with such things are possible and doom is not just around the corner. If people are free to learn, explore and experiment, such challenges would not be nearly the threat they seem here. The answer, as always, is liberty.

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