Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2016

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Bryan Dutton

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

Since their discovery, antibiotics have been a critical asset to medicine. They are responsible for saving lives and treating infections that could have been damaging or life-threatening in their absence. In short, we have become dependent on antibiotics. Now, however, antibiotic resistance in microbial infections has caused antibiotics, our “miracle drugs”, to diminish in their effectiveness. This, in turn, has the potential to greatly impact the health of the entire human population. Aspiring to become a doctor concerned with both the health of the general public and myself, I seek to understand this issue in its entirety and aim to produce a resource so that others can do the same. Through the use of scientific articles and other scholarly materials, I will examine, analyze, and compile research to determine what has caused antibiotic resistance, and what can be done to prevent it from worsening. It is crucial that we understand the seriousness of this issue and the role it plays in our lives. By creating a resource that thoroughly explains the different aspects of antibiotic resistance, ranging from its origins and current antibiotic resistant infections to strategies that may help stop it, I hope to provide an opportunity for the general public to become aware and well-informed about this issue.

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