Microbes researchers highlight drawbacks of antibiotics
Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics can live in the human intestines for at least one year. Professor Charlotta Edlund from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and Research Professor Pentti Huovinen from the National Public Health Institute in Turku, Finland, are keen to highlight the risks involved in the excessive use of antibiotics.
In their research funded by the Academy of Finland, the two professors are exploring the long-term impacts of antibiotic treatment on the bacterial flora in human intestines. At the same time, they are looking to develop new research methods for studying intestinal bacterial flora. The project is part of the Academy’s Microbes and Man research programme, a joint effort among researchers from Finland and Sweden.
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