In recent years there has been a lot of news about the impending antibiotics crisis, brought to a head by renewed awareness that we are running out of drugs to treat evolving superbugs, and with the startling revelation following the NDM-1 discovery, that microorganisms are also capable of sharing bits of themselves with each other to thwart even our most powerful last-line antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA). As far as humans are concerned, some bacteria are friendly and essential to wellbeing, they do helpful things like break down food in our gut, while others are dangerous because they attack our tissue and cells to make their food, or they produce toxins that poison and kill. Some bacteria cause no harm while they live in one part of the body, but then become potentially deadly once they enter the bloodstream. A good example is Escherichia coli ( E. coli), which lives in the human gut and helps break down food, but if it enters the bloodstream (eg through a … [Read more...] about The Antibiotics Crisis: How Did We Get Here And Where Do We Go Next?