For many years, antibiotics have been effectively used to treat bacterial disease.
A growing concern for treating bacterial diseases is the evolution of antibiotic resistance by bacterial populations. Resistance means that a particular antibiotic is no longer effective in treating a disease. This resistance can be viewed as evolution of a new trait at the population level, which is resistance to an antibiotic.
Recommended: Click on the following links to review materials to increase your understanding of natural selection and antibiotic resistance:
Focus your discussion on ONE of the following topics:
- The use, overuse, and abuse of antibiotics are accredited with creating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Explain how this relates to natural selection.
- Visit this tool: ResistanceOpen. Type in your location to find and report on how common antibiotic-resistant bacteria are in your area. Compare the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in your area with that in Lincoln, NE and Miami, FL. Do the results concern you? Give 1 suggestion for why there are such widely different results.
- Using a credible source, describe at least 2 of the things that people do (you can include individuals, doctors, health care professionals, hospitals, farmers, and so on) that contribute to this problem. Explain.
- Are there things that you can personally do to reduce your risk or even to reduce the spread of these dangerous microbes?
Use at least 1 credible source to support the arguments presented in your post.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, September 10). Antibiotic / antimicrobial resistance (AR / AMR). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/
HealthMap. (2017). ResistanceOpen. Retrieved from https://resistanceopen.org/results/
Understanding Genetics. University of California Museum of Paleontology. (2008). Natural selection. Retrieved from https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/…
In your own words, post a response to the Discussion Board, and comment on at least 2 other postings. You will be graded on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.
Discussion Board Reminders:
- Must have three posts: A Main Post and two replies to peers.
- First post: Either your main post or a reply to others must be posted before midnight CT (Central time) on Friday of each week.
- Second and third post: Must be posted on a different day from the first post.
- Connect to Content: At least 1 post must refer to course learning materials. See the Academic Resource on Discussion Boards for help with connecting to the content.
- Engaging in Class Discussions: For more information on making the most of your class dialog, review the Academic Resource on Discussion Boards.
|Assignment Criteria||Proficient Descriptor||Points|
Quality of Main Post
27 Points Total
|Student’s main post meets or exceeds the following requirements
Response to Peers
24 Points Total
• Responds to a minimum of 2 peers. (12 points per response)
Support from Learning Resources
4 Points Total