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Waging War on Resistance

Multi-drug-resistant infections are a problem everywhere, but nowhere so much as in close quarters like hospitals, prisons and military environments. They’re a particularly significant concern in combat-related injuries, where wounded soldiers often exhibit a range of pathogens that don’t respond to antibiotics. Although we do have a way of tackling this challenge – namely, culture-directed treatment – it requires the growth of a positive culture, which can take 48 hours or more. Delaying treatment by this long in a patient with injuries and related drug-resistant infections can have disastrous consequences. So what’s the alternative?

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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