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Do our medicines boost pathogens?

Do our medicines boost pathogens?

From the 21 December 2011 Science News Today article

Scientists of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG) discovered a parasite that not only had developed resistance against a common medicine, but at the same time had become better in withstanding the human immune system. With some exaggeration: medical practice helped in developing a superbug. For it appears the battle against the drug also armed the bug better against its host.

“To our knowledge it is the first time such a doubly armed organism appears in nature,” says researcher Manu Vanaerschot, who obtained a PhD for his detective work at ITG and Antwerp University. “It certainly makes you think.”…

 

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December 22, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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