U.N. pledge to stamp out superbugs, according to BBC News 21 September 2016.
The 193 countries of the United Nations are planning “a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or ‘superbugs’”. Infectious diseases that are resistant to treatment are becoming a serious problem throughout the world, and medical authorities warn that some infections could become untreatable with current medicines. According to the BBC “The problem has been caused by over-use of antimicrobial medicines for humans, animals and agriculture. Repeated exposure allows bacteria and other infections, including HIV and malaria, to learn how to dodge these treatments by mutating and evolving”. The UN declaration commits governments to surveillance and regulation of antibiotic use, education on uses of antibiotics, and support for new drug development and diagnostic processes.
Editorial Comment: Finding ways to make more effective use of antibiotics and developing new drugs are good things for the UN to invest in, but they will not be able to rid the world of antibiotic resistance. The reason is simple: resistance did not evolve in response to human use of antibiotic drugs. Antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon that already existed before the mass use of antibiotics, and the rise of the modern superbug is the result of strong human selection, not evolution. Superbugs are simply those bacteria that have survived after non-resistant bacteria were wiped out. That doesn’t mean the UN shouldn’t invest in controlling antibiotic resistance, but they should not call it evolution when it is not.
We predict that scientists will get better results if they researched it from a Biblical perspective, i.e. bacteria, with all their functions, including antibiotic resistance (which originally had a good and beneficial purpose), were created in a fully functioning state to work a good world, but they and the environment have now degenerated, so we need to understand how they work, what has gone wrong, and how we can work with it to minimise resistant microbes causing disease.
Evidence News vol. 16, No. 19
26 October 2016
Creation Research Australia
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