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The Threshold of Extinction

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14.09.2017

We are at war with the microscopic world, a war far beyond the spectrum of human eye and hence incapable of comprehending the imminent threat it poses to our existence.
Our adversary –the microbes – inherently possesses extraordinary survival skills.
They were one of the first beings on earth and have, till today, successfully managed to hold their ground.

We got our first breakthrough in this long-winded duel in 1928 when Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic, penicillin, in what is referred to as a serendipitous accident, thus setting in motion the “magical antibiotic era” which has opened new vistas in the field of medicine.
Since that day, miraculous life-saving cures have become the norm owing to the golden bullets which antibiotics are in terms of their specificity towards killing the intended bacteria.

From keeping infections at bay during chemotherapy or in chronic diseases like diabetes to allowing complex surgeries such as organ transplantation or heart surgery, these wonder drugs have dramatically spiked the life expectancy graphs in most countries around the world.

Antibiotics are not like ordinary drugs.
Fleming, figured this out early on and worried that “an ignorant man” runs the risk of under dosing himself resulting in the creation of drug-resistant bacteria.
Paracelsus, a 16th........

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