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Antibiotic Resistance Explanation

Antibiotic resistance is a natural process that occurs over a period of time in bacteria,
viruses, and other small organisms. In many cases, antibiotics are prescribed to treat and
eliminate the small nonliving and living organisms, before they harm the body they are
inhabiting. Unfortunately, the more we use the lifesaving antibiotics the more resistant the
bacteria and other microbes grow. This process is a result of natural selection, because those who
are resistant to the antibiotic survive for a longer period of time and there for have a greater time
period to reproduce. Furthermore, the offspring that has the resistance trait continue to survive
and reproduce for multiple generations until resistance is prevalent in the entire population. Once
this process is complete the strain of bacteria, virus, or other microbe is resistant to the antibiotic
and not be treated by the previous treatment. An example would be a strain of antibiotic-resistant
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB).
Source: www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/about.html