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You're creating a fundamental misrepresentation of the problem of superbacteria. Hospitals didn't create them just because they used bacteria to treat infections but because they'd IMPROPERLY use the antibiotics in infection treatment. Using an antibiotic improperly allows bacteria to have time to adapt to the medicine and develop resistance. However, if used properly (that is to fully extinguish the infection with a large doseage) the bacteria aren't given a chance to develop resistant strains.

While a decreased dependency on antibiotics is one part of a solution to defeating the problem of emerging superbacteria, bacterial infections in serious medical conditions are still such a concern that they really do necessitate antibiotic prescriptions, and if you DO get one, you need to make sure you take the WHOLE prescription even if you feel perfectly fine before you're finished with it.


Cripes, I need to read what I write before I hit submit. First paragraph, second sentence, swap bacteria for antibiotics.

PS: I did a petri dish project in High School, it was really fun. If I remember, what I did was swab a couple of different surfaces and measure bacterial growth rates over time. There's really no chance of creating something dangerous unless you're really trying to. Worst you could get in a dish is maybe some staph.

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