Science in The Media Vs. The Wonderdrug Valley of Death

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Antibiotics were the game-changing wonderdrugs that revolutionized medicine in the early 20th century. In fact, their impact stretches far beyond medicine – antibiotics also revolutionized agriculture and livestock practices to usher in an era of relatively cheap and plentiful food in industrialized nations. However, decades of antibiotic misuse, overuse, a lack of drug discovery investment, and the resilient evolution of microorganisms have led to a concerning state of antimicrobial resistance and to a very real threat of society facing a world where the antibiotics don’t work.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherResearch the Headlines
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Contributors to Research the Headlines are all current or former members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh‘s Young Academy of Scotland.


  • antimicrobial resistance
  • microbiology
  • superbugs


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