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Antibiotics: what the future looks like

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023

The Conversation is present in nine jurisdictions around the world. This means that we now have access to the world’s top experts on the most pressing issues facing us. One of these is the fact we are running out of effective antibiotics.

We wanted to know if experts were optimistic about the future of antibiotics. The health editors across all our editions put me in touch with some of the brightest minds working on this problem, and I reached out with a simple question: will we still have antibiotics in 50 years? Reassuringly, they all said yes. But all had major caveats.

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André O. Hudson, Rochester Institute of Technology; Fidelma Fitzpatrick, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences; Juliana Côrrea, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/EAESP); Lori L. Burrows, McMaster University; Raúl Rivas González, Universidad de Salamanca; Roy Robins-Browne, The University of Melbourne; Yori Yuliandra, Universitas Andalas

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