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Jun 6th 2011 at 2:24:11 AM •••

TB patients who refuse to take antibiotika help raising multi-drug resistent strains? (A supposed RL example). How so? Without selective pressure from drugs the bacteria should remain as resistant to them as they were? Can anyone verify it?

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Dec 19th 2012 at 3:58:06 PM •••

This is a very late response, and the phraseology of the example on the page might have changed since then, but in case anyone else is wondering: the problem is not people who don't take antibiotics at all. The problem is people who don't take a full course - those who take some until they start to feel better, and then stop. This means that the most resistant bacteria are what survives.

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