On Christmas Day 1948, scientist Thomas Jukes walked into his laboratory to weigh a bunch of baby chicks. What he discovered that day changed the world: modern industrial-scale farming arose, leading to vast antibiotic abuse and the amplification of antibiotic resistance around the globe. Now, almost all the large legacy pharma companies have exited antibiotic manufacturing, thus devaluing of antibiotics. The challenge of the rest of this century will be to figure out how to appropriately price and value them again.
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Maryn McKenna is a journalist and author specializing in public health, global health, and food policy. She teaches health and science writing and media literacy as a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University. She is the author of the 2017 bestseller Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, which received many awards and was also praised as "an Essential Science Read" by WIRED, where she now serves as a senior writer.
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