Essay on Antibiotic Usage And Its Effects On Our Planet

1085 Words Nov 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Bacteria are a fundamental part of life on our planet, but they can also cause disease in our species. People have been using antibiotics for many years, but for the first time they are causing problems. Several years ago, it was discovered that some antibiotics has created strains of bacteria that are resistant to that antibiotic. One example of this is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This means that sick patients must find a different antibiotic or have no way to cure the illness. However, resorting to different antibiotics has compounded the issue even further, because strains have developed that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. There are two sides that people are taking on this issue: one side insists that we must keep using antibiotics for our health, while the other side says that we need to strictly regulate its use. Both sides have valid points, but the imperative is deciding how and if to regulate antibiotic usage in the future together. The history of antibiotics is an interesting story. C.N. Trueman wrote on The History Learning Site that penicillin, the first antibiotic, was discovered by a fluke (2015). A scientist named Alexander Fleming observed in 1928 that the Penicillium notatum mould killed Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Later, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain extracted penicillin from the mould. By 1945, it was a famous, almost magical substance that was widely used. The three scientists were given a Nobel Prize. Later, other…

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