Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance – Molecular Diagnostics Holds the Key

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are one of the major threats to the global healthcare system. Some have commented that it is a more immediate threat to us than global warming. A UK independent review estimated that unless effective action is taken, drug-resistant strains of certain bacterial infections will claim 10 million lives each year by 2050. This would be a horrific and tragic loss of life. This unchecked spread of infectious disease was also predicted to result in an economic cost of 100 trillion USD over the next 35 years (1).

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