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The Importance Of Antibiotics

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Despite mounting evidence scientists have gathered to support their position that organisms past and present are linked through the mechanisms of evolution, one must simply look around to see the process in action. In recent years, the strides scientists have made in the theory of evolution have revealed discoveries that benefit us, but may harm us as well. Beneficial discoveries give us greater knowledge of our origins of life, but some lead to a truth that can lead to death and destruction because organisms that threaten our health receive evolutionary advantages. This threat takes form in antibiotic resistance of infectious diseases. In only the past few decades, antibiotics were hailed as the end to all suffering; a drug that could combat any ailment that plagued an individual. However, in recent years, scientists around the world have discovered that the over-use of this “wonder drug” could lead to more harmful bacteria. Typically, antibiotics work to eradicate the colonies of bacteria that cause infectious diseases in the individual. However, unlike our own DNA that contains checkpoints to prevent drastic mutation, bacteria do not have these and produce a wide variety of DNA sets in reproduction. Therefore, when bacteria are attacked by an antibiotic, the ones that are immune to the antibiotic survive and live on to reproduce and pass on the resistant DNA to the next generation. Recently, this has been a drastic problem facing the medical community because “The hope of addressing this crisis by developing new antibiotics is diminished both by the low rate of novel antibiotic discovery and by the likelihood that pathogens will evolve resistance to novel antibiotics just as they have to existing antibiotics” (Palmer and Kisho... ... middle of paper ... ...reationism vs. Evolution. Ed. Eric Braun. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 July 2014. "Is There Merit for ID in Cosmology, Physics, and Astronomy?" OpposingViews.com. N.p., 8 Sept. 2008. Web. 18 July 2014. Law, Stephen. "Is Creationism Scientific?" The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Stories in Thinking. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2003. 116-128. Print. O'Neil, Dennis. "Early Theories of Evolution: Evidence of Evolution." anthro.palomar.edu. N.p., 2013. Web. 17 July 2014. Prothero, Donald R. "The Fossils Say Yes." Natural History 114.9 (2005): 52. Science Reference Center. Web. 14 July 2014. Scoville, Heather. "The Role of DNA in Evolution." About.com Evolution. N.p., 2014. Web. 16 July 2014. "What Is the Best Evidence/Argument for Intelligent Design?" GotQuestions.org. Got Questions Ministries, 2014. Web. 18 July 2014.
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