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Great summary, Pierce, and intriguing discussion point, Trinity!

It appears that the topic of regulation of antibiotics used in agriculture varies country by country, each with slightly differing policies. In the US, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the monitoring body to ensure that antibiotic levels do not exceed standards set by the FDA and USDA. The European Union has even banned the use of antibiotics in a country-specific manner. Despite these measures, antibiotic resistance is still of concern. Newer strategies of addressing this problem focus on using alternatives to antibiotics, such as peptide antibiotics/antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), carbohydrate-modified compounds, and even bacteriophage therapy (1).

Especially with these new strategies, do you think we may ever be able to completely eradicate resistance?



Lubnaa Hossenbaccus

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