What Causes Antibiotic Resistance? Video Answers This In Awesome Animation

Jan Omega - Author

Aug. 10 2014, Updated 3:50 p.m. ET

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Thanks to advanced medicine, humans are now able to live longer and healthier lives. Unfortunately, one such advanced medicine is now losing its effectiveness. As years go by, it seems that antibiotics have lost their potential. The Inquisitr reported numerous times on antibiotics losing their strength in articles such as them losing their potential because infections are just too strong to ear antibiotics being prescribed less.

The question remains: What is causing super bacteria to become more resistant to antibiotics? Kevin Wu details the evolution of this problem that present a big challenge for the future of medicine in this amazing animated video uploaded on YouTube.

The video was uploaded on TED-Ed on August 7, 2014. At this moment, it is sitting on over 53,000 views with over 1,100 likes. The video is also one of the top 100 videos on YouTube at this moment.

The video starts out with an explanation of bacteria and how it is one of the oldest lifeforms to exist on the planet today. An average human being may have over a trillion bacteria, or microorganisms, living on and in them at a time. Despite being only the size of a cell size, their total biomass is greater than all the plants and animals in existence today. They can live in almost any environment including on the ground, in the water, or most other places.

The video later explains that bacteria can also evolve. Evolution for bacteria is usually done through sharing information between bacteria so they can handle antibiotics. The more data that is shared, the higher the creation of super bacteria. As a matter of fact, they exist right now. E. coli and salmonella are considered to be super bacteria these days. Fortunately, researchers at the World Health Organization are working diligently to stay a step ahead of the evolution of bacteria. Vaccines are now taking higher importance these days.

Now that you know about the situation with super bacteria and antibiotics, do you think the move to find more vaccines and cures is a good move over antibiotics? Let us know in the comments below.


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