Well, so I have been away for a while, and haven’t had a chance to post much. Not that I was on a blistering pace to begin with, but I’ve been extra absent the last few weeks. In fact, some of the new contributors didn’t even know there was a dude on the roster. When I walked back into Skepchick HQ yesterday, they thought I was there to unclog the sink.
But it is good to be back. I actually missed you guys (a little bit).
Seriously though, I hope to be around here more often. So let’s get this party started with a good Afternoon Inquisition.
A gene that causes a wide range of bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics has been found in the water supply in Delhi. The gene, known as NDM-1, is widespread in the water used for cooking, washing and drinking, and can cause many types of bacteria – including E coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae – to become resistant to powerful, last resort antibiotics. The potential for NDM-1 positive bacteria to spread around the world is high.
Thoughts? Is this issue overblown by the media? Nothing to panic about? Have we done this to ourselves? Are we at a critical point where antibiotic resistance is reaching irreversable levels? Do you see antibiotics being overused? There are now superbugs that do not respond to any drug. Given the growth of travel and trade in Europe and across the world, how do you see this playing out?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.