McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Role of Antibiotics

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Antibiotics have become increasingly common since the discovery of penicillin in 1928. Over the last few decades, researchers have observed a marked increase in the development of antibiotic resistance — the inability of antibiotic medication to slow the growth of the targeted bacteria. This video looks at the basis of bacterial infection, the role of antibiotics in treating infectious diseases as well as antibiotic misuse and overuse that has been directly linked to the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance.

— Video by Maria Sheikh, Shiza Sheikh, Gurteg Singh, Jelena Poleksic and Kaushik Sripada