Antiobiotic resistance

A human neutrophil ingesting MRSA (© Wikipedia/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID))

In our efforts to fight disease, we have inadvertently created new strains of bacteria that are immune to our entire arsenal of antibiotics. MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), for example, is an infectious bacteria often contracted in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes and, as we learn in this personal story, can be fatal to even relatively healthy people.

Producer: Anne Blair Gould

Broadcast: December 6, 2002