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An Antibiotic is defined as an organic substance of microbial origin (usually mold or actinomycete bacteria) that is either toxic or growth inhibiting for other organisms. Also with the advent of synthetic methods of production, a substance produced by a microorganism or a similar substance (produced wholly or partly by chemical synthesis) which, in low concentrations, inhibits the growth of other microorganisms. Penicillin, tetracycline, and erythromycin are examples of antibiotics.

Soap and Livestock Feed in FDA's Sights as Antibiotic Resistance Looms

If someone were to sit down and design a gigantic, industrial-scale, open-air experiment to reduce the effectiveness of our antibiotics, they might be wasting their time, because agribusiness is already conducting it.

Through processes that...

Contributor: Gerald Clarke
12/16/2013 07:00:00 PM EST
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An Ipsos MORI poll commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry has shown that 74% of the public believe that a major research and development effort is needed to create new antibiotics for fighting infectious disease.  In the face of an...

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11/17/2013 07:00:00 PM EST
Antibiotics Back in the Spotlight

When the general public are asked to name a kind of medicine, antibiotics are likely to be the first thing they say. Antibiotics and specifically antibacterials are ubiquitous and are a cornerstone of improving health worldwide. Antibacterials...

Contributor: Gerald Clarke
05/30/2013 08:00:00 PM EDT
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As many as one million children are unnecessarily being prescribed antibiotics for asthma each year, despite guidelines not recommending the treatment. That's just one of the findings of a recent study by a team at the Collegeof Medicine of...

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06/15/2011 08:00:00 PM EDT
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The epidemiology of increasing resistance problem continues to garner much attention. A bacteria capable of opposing the inhibitory (bacteriostatic) or killing (bacteriocidal) effects of antibiotics has unfortunately become an increasingly common...

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11/01/2010 08:00:00 PM EDT