Study finds antibiotics may also harm patients’ cells

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James Collins, College of Engineering

For years, public health officials have been sounding an alarm about the overuse of antibiotics, noting that the powerful drugs that can quash an infection with few side effects can also spur the rise of drug-resistant “superbugs.”…

Expert quote:

“That’s not killing the cell or causing a lot of damage, but it’s causing some damage. Our paper points to the need to investigate it further; I guess the public health comment would be given there is a potential for harm, one needs to be sure to ask for and only take [these drugs] when needed.”

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