All my writing was born out of anger…If I had not written, I would have exploded.
Bacteria appear to be having the microbial equivalent of inter-species sex in hospital sinks, swapping chunks of DNA that render them impervious to antibiotics, researchers reported Wednesday.
The findings may help explain the rise in drug-resistant “superbugs” in hospitals, and they suggest that they may sometimes be breeding on site, as opposed to being carried in by patients.
The team at the National Institutes of Health found carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that appeared to have exchanged pieces of genetic material called plasmids that gave them resistance to antibiotics. CRE resist most, if not all antibiotics, and they are becoming more common: they are found in about 4 percent of hospitals now and 18 percent of long-term care facilities.
Yep…bacteria will do it anywhere
Can you remember? When we thought
the poets taught how to live?
Here I am: unhinged at the waist,
a meeting place for two fumbling
forms in the dark.
Here I am: the last rain of an otherwise
drought-filled summer, a resting place
Here you are: a mouth that the wolves
would fight over, eyes like two furnace
coals burning in my gut.
Here I am and here are you,
and here: here is where we began.