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This Element is an excerpt from Antibiotic Resistance: Understanding and Responding to an Emerging Crisis (9780131387737) by Karl Drlica and David S. Perlin. Available in print and digital formats.

What everyone needs to know about antibiotics: what they are, how they work, what they can do, and what they can’t do.

Antibiotics are selective poisons. They are ...

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Antibiotics: An Overview

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Overview

This is the eBook version of the printed book.

This Element is an excerpt from Antibiotic Resistance: Understanding and Responding to an Emerging Crisis (9780131387737) by Karl Drlica and David S. Perlin. Available in print and digital formats.

What everyone needs to know about antibiotics: what they are, how they work, what they can do, and what they can’t do.

Antibiotics are selective poisons. They are relatively small molecules (about 20-100 times the size of water molecules) that interfere with normal life processes of microbes and viruses. Human cells differ enough from pathogens for antibiotics to act selectively. For example, our cells lack walls, whereas bacterial cells have them. Consequently, penicillin, which blocks cell wall synthesis, is specific to bacteria....

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  • ISBN-13: 9780132685719
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: FT Press Delivers Elements
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 15
  • File size: 654 KB

Meet the Author

Karl Drlica, Ph.D., is a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Research Institute Center of the UMDNJ--New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. His laboratory focuses on fluoroquinolone action and resistance with M. tuberculosis and other bacteria, including approaches to slowing the enrichment and amplification of resistant bacterial subpopulations. Dr. David S. Perlin is a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) of the UMDNJ--New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. His laboratory explores mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance, rapid detection of bloodstream pathogens in high-risk patients, discovery of novel molecules to combat tuberculosis, and the development of small animal models for respiratory pathogens.

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