Certainly more weapons in the form of antibiotics will be needed. At the same time, perhaps greater efforts should be made in diplomacy by taking advantage of our knowledge of the human microbiome, that has evolved to have as much interest in our continued survival as we do.
In January of this year the British Chief Medical Officer urged her government to add threat posed by superbugs to the official list of "Apocalypses to Worry About" along with catastrophic terrorist attacks and massive flooding. So what is it that has so many people so worried?
We're in deep doo-doo from the global threat of superbugs. The December announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts that threat back in the news. But I'm underwhelmed by FDA's response, and here's why.
There have been no successful discoveries of new classes of antibiotics since 1987. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned the public of a four-fold increase in one group of "nightmare bacteria."
As our lawmakers in the Senate discuss the fees that companies will pay to help the FDA expedite drug reviews, they should also require those companies to provide information that helps the agency protect people from drug-resistant superbugs.
Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it might also do us in. A growing body of data suggests that a wide range of ills, from allergies and asthma to metabolic disease and superbugs, may be the consequence of our war on germs.
The most up-to-date evolution science is useful because we can demonstrate it in real time to Creationists and their children. That is by far the best way to change their thinking and reduce their influence on our schools.