A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Why Journalists Should Never Be Trusted To Report On Science

The Daily Express features a report on how a new 'wonder-gel' will eliminate MRSA for good - but doesn't even seem to know what MRSA is:

"BRITISH scientists last night claimed to be on the brink of finding a cure for the deadly superbug MRSA. They say the “amazing” new drug could be ready to stop the spread of the killer virus in just three years.

The revolutionary compound, codename XF-73, is easily applied in a gel to the nostrils. It succeeds where traditional antibiotics fail because it kills the virus outright – rather than merely trying to contain it – by attacking the membrane and preventing it from mutating."

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus are bacteria that are especially resistant to what we have to throw at them in regards to antibiotics. 

To add to their ignorance, the Daily Express claims that antibiotics work against viruses - they don't! It's ignorance like this that leads to the misuse of antibiotics that has caused an epidemic of so-called 'superbugs.' The latter paragraph that I've quoted cements my opinion that whoever wrote this doesn't even have a clue as to how antibiotics work - period.

Journalists trying to understand science. How cute!

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