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Critical Thinking


In nature, why do antimicrobial-producing microbes commonly also have antimicrobial resistance genes?


Why are yeast infections a common type of superinfection that results from long-term use of broad-spectrum antimicrobials?


Too often patients will stop taking antimicrobial drugs before the prescription is finished. What are factors that cause a patient to stop too soon, and what negative impacts could this have?


In considering the cell structure of prokaryotes compared with that of eukaryotes, propose one possible reason for side effects in humans due to treatment of bacterial infections with protein synthesis inhibitors.


Which of the following molecules is an example of a nucleoside analog?

a) Two carbon nitrogen rings with a sugar attached. B) 4 carbon rings attached to a central carbon. C) Three carbon rings attached along their ends with a long carbon chain off the central ring. D) A long carbon chain.

Why can’t drugs used to treat influenza, like amantadines and neuraminidase inhibitors, be used to treat a wider variety of viral infections?


Can an Etest be used to find the MBC of a drug? Explain.


Who should be responsible for discovering and developing new antibiotics? Support your answer with reasoning.

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