What prevents the antibiotic from killing human cells?

Antibiotics kill bacteria and can be an effective treatment for bacterial diseases. Antibiotic resis Show more Antibiotics kill bacteria and can be an effective treatment for bacterial diseases. Antibiotic resistance is an evolutionary response by the bacteria to an antibiotic where bacteria are able to survive and increase in the population if they possess a mutation such that the antibiotic is not effective. Then the antibiotic is less successful against that population of bacteria. The British government has called antibiotic resistance a major national risk. In this article Antibiotics Target Gene Expression the Chief Scientific Officer of ProCarta BioSystems Michael McArthur discusses a new antibiotic targeting gene expression. Link to article: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/1000153/ Answer the following four questions based on this article. Be sure to put your answers in your own words and number your answers. [1 point] What type of molecule is their new antibiotic? [1 point] What is the mechanism that the antibiotic uses to kill specific bacteria? {1 point] What prevents the antibiotic from killing human cells? [1 point] How did they describe how the antibiotic might enter the bacterial cell? Show less

 

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