DailyDirt: Good Drugs Everywhere

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Concern over antibiotic resistance seems to be steadily growing, but some folks are optimistic that science will be able to develop new drugs or other kinds of medicines to replace older, increasingly ineffectual, pharmaceuticals that target the microbes in our bodies. Considering that scientists have only recently started to study the human microbiome, it's possible that medicine could find a whole new categories of treatments that are yet undiscovered. Here are just a few links on finding drugs all around us. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2014 @ 5:12pm

    Nothing good about that...

    "Several studies have found pharmaceuticals are turning up in drinking water treatment plants."

    Yes, this is a problem that most are ignoring. Most water treatment plants don't even test for trace prescription drugs.

    Worse, people with septic systems are depositing this directly into the ground.

    As usual, people assume that something flushed down the toilet goes away forever.

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