Scientists Have Found A Strain Of Bacteria That Antibiotics Can’t Kill. | Gradient

Scientists have found a strain of bacteria that antibiotics can’t kill.


For decades, scientists have been warning us that antibiotics are forcing bacteria to evolve, and that evolution would eventually result in a strain of bacteria that antibiotics can’t kill. That’s pretty much a nightmare scenario, since antibiotics are our last line of defense in the ancient war of microbes verses meat. Last year, Chinese and UK researchers announced they’d discovered just such a nearly invincible bug in some Chinese pigs, and they didn’t candy coat the situation: “All the key players are now in place to make the post-antibiotic world a reality,”

Well, if you didn’t pay attention then, you should now. American scientists at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center announced that they’ve discovered an antibiotic-invincible strain of E. coli in the urine sample of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. The scientists reported the finding in the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, saying that it “heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.” They’re calling the drug “mcr-1.”

It gets worse. Scientists admitted that the woman herself was the only positive finding they’d had of such a bug (whew!), but that “as testing has only been ongoing for 3 weeks, it remains unclear what true prevalence of mcr-1 is in the population” (yikes).

So, how bad as it? Hard to say right now, but however bad it gets, we have only ourselves to blame. America has known that decades of pumping meat full of antibiotics was only increasing the likelihood of this scenario for years, and we’ve done nothing to stop it.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.