Why does antibiotic resistance spread so rapidly?

During my very own TEDx presentation I explore the contribution of evolution and horizontal gene transfer to the rapid spread of antibiotic resistance. If people understand some of the biology behind the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance, perhaps they will realize why it is such a rapidly growing and serious problem.

What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?

Maryn McKenna, a public health journalist, explains in a very understandable way here in her TED talk why widespread antimicrobial resistance is such a huge concern for public health right now and how we each can help to limit the evolution and spread thereof.

Staph retreat

Listen to this insightful Radiolab podcast to find out how people dealt with Staphylococcus aureus infections over 1000 years ago and what lessons we can learn today. You can also find the original manuscript written by Freya Harrison and Christina Lee here.