The 'Antibiotic Apocalypse' - scaremongering or scientific reporting?

Jonathan A.G. Cox*, Tony Worthington

*Corresponding author for this work

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Antimicrobial resistance is dominating scientific media. We are warned of an impending 'antibiotic apocalypse', where mankind faces its biggest threat, untreatable microbes. However, the world is not ending. Scientists are responding to the threat; new knowledge and chemotherapeutics are being created to safeguard our future. The future is bright, not gloomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-169
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number3
Early online date23 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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  • antibiotic
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • apocalypse


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