bacteria

How horseshoe crabs save lives

Every time you get a flu shot, you should thank a horseshoe crab. Most medical interventions—vaccines, drugs, devices—have been tested on horseshoe crabs. Their blood clots immediately when it's exposed to dangerous bacteria. The biomedical industry bleeds horseshoe crabs routinely in order to make sure their products won't poison patients. But horseshoe crabs are in decline, and an NC company is trying to figure out how to raise them sustainably.

Superbugs are on the Rise, and the Future of Antibiotics is at Stake

Ouch. I scratched myself shaving this morning. 

It stung a little. Just to be safe I washed it off and then put a dab of antibiotic ointment on it. No problem. 

But the question being asked more and more is: for how long will the antibiotic method continue to work? 

The sad fact is we may be entering what scientists are calling the post-antibiotic era. If this is the case, that scratch I happened to get while shaving this morning could turn out to be fatal. It’s all thanks to superbugs—more formally known as drug-resistant bacteria.  

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