Andrew Read: Chapter Summary

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Andrew Read is an evolutionary biologist. When he was young, he used work with native’s birds of New Zealand, which is his homeland. Working with birds, he began to question about how these natives birds lives longer then humans so he became an evolutionary biologist. So now, he works with malaria parasite. These parasites bread very rapidly as if they are on drugs. Therefore, Mr. Read is worried about these bugs. In the 1960, the United States surgeon General believed that we have won the war against these bugs. Now days these bugs have become super bugs. These super bugs are now are killing more people then car accident per year. These bugs are stronger than ever before. The drug that has to combat them has lost their effectiveness. The bugs …show more content…
Plan A is drugs. Mr. Read says plan A is drug discovery. Where we will discover new drugs to replace the old drugs. If the drug loses its effectiveness again then we find more drugs that are new. It will be a never-ending cycle where we have to keep on discovering drugs forever. However, these new drugs are expensive to research and make. The Pharmaceutical companies are also not interested in making new ones because there are no profits to make in them. Mr. Read also says some bugs are already resistant to drugs we have not yet discovered. There is also the problems that there has to be never ending supply of new drugs to be discovered to fight these super bugs. Andrew Read says there is smarter way to fight the problem that is Plan …show more content…
However, if the antibiotics targets only type A bugs so they cannot become type B. What if the body already has type B. Therefore, if we finish the antibiotics course we will type B bugs we have the body it themselves. Mr., Read believes we using a plan that is old concerning antibiotics. He believes that current thinking of finishing antibiotics s wrong. Therefore, we carpet bomb our bodies with these drugs we changing the evolution of these drugs. These bugs now have to adapt to the new environment. These leads to the ne problem adaptation. Mr. Read now says we have ask question and find answer about we can slow down or stop the evolution of bugs rather make them change faster. Mr. Read also believes that we must teach general population evolution of biology. The general population is not very knowledge about evolution. These leads to problem of understating what are drugs doing to our body. Therefore, if we picking fight with natural selection and evolution we must understand evolution very

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