Tuesday January 12, 2016
MCR-1 and the dawn of the post-antibiotic age
What a difference just under a century can make.
Penicillin heralded the beginning of the antibiotic age when Alexander Flemming accidently discovered penicillin in 1928, and helped save millions of lives.
But many fear that a new gene, known as MCR-1, could herald the end of the antibiotic age. In the past eight weeks, more than a dozen countries have confirmed the presence of MCR-1.
And Canada joined that list of countries last week when MCR-1 was detected in a patient, and in ground beef samples dating back to 2010.
- Dr. Michael Mulvey is Chief of Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections at the National Microbiology Laboratory headquarters in Winnipeg. He's also an Associate Professor in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba.
- Jason Tetro is a microbiologist and author. His new book "The Germ Files" will be released February 2nd.
This segment was produced by Vancouver Network Producer Anne Penman.
♦ 'Disturbing' drug-resistant superbug gene has been detected in Canada
♦ Jason Tetro: Everything you need to know about the ominous new 'superbug'
♦ Lancet: Dissemination of the mcr-1 colistin resistance gene
RadioLab: "Staph Retreat"
Our last word on this topic goes to the folks at the WNYC radio show RadioLab. Here is "Staph Retreat" that aired last fall.