Antibiotic resistance is a ticking bomb under public health. WHO predicts that in 2050 more people will die from infections than from cancer — and we are talking about infections that we today consider harmless; infections that occur in a cut or wound — or perhaps cystitis.
The reason is that bacteria are masters at adapting. When their existence is threatened, they mutate into a new and improved version of themselves that can no longer be threatened by eg antibiotics. Consequently, many disease-causing bacteria today are resistant to antibiotics.
“That’s bacteria for you. They always find a way! Of course, resistance will occur; that’s how evolution works,” says professor and head of research, Birgitte Kallipolitis, who studies disease-causing bacteria at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Southern Denmark.
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