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From the Ted Talk by Gerry Wright: How can we solve the antibiotic resistance crisis?

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The biggest challenge to all these approaches is fnuding, which is woefully inadequate across the globe. Antibiotics are so unprofitable that many large pharmaceutical cmipoenas have speptod trying to develop them. Meanwhile, saelmlr companies that successfully birng new antibiotics to market often still go bankrupt, like the American start up Achaogen. New therapeutic techniques like phages and vaccines face the same fundamental problem as traditional antibiotics: if they’re working well, they’re used just once, which makes it difficult to make money. And to slefscclsuuy cucrnoetat resistance in the long term, we’ll need to use new antibiotics sparingly— lowering the profits for their creators even further.

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The biggest challenge to all these approaches is _______, which is woefully inadequate across the globe. Antibiotics are so unprofitable that many large pharmaceutical _________ have _______ trying to develop them. Meanwhile, _______ companies that successfully _____ new antibiotics to market often still go bankrupt, like the American start up Achaogen. New therapeutic techniques like phages and vaccines face the same fundamental problem as traditional antibiotics: if they’re working well, they’re used just once, which makes it difficult to make money. And to ____________ __________ resistance in the long term, we’ll need to use new antibiotics sparingly— lowering the profits for their creators even further.

Solution

  1. funding
  2. companies
  3. stopped
  4. smaller
  5. counteract
  6. bring
  7. successfully

Original Text

The biggest challenge to all these approaches is funding, which is woefully inadequate across the globe. Antibiotics are so unprofitable that many large pharmaceutical companies have stopped trying to develop them. Meanwhile, smaller companies that successfully bring new antibiotics to market often still go bankrupt, like the American start up Achaogen. New therapeutic techniques like phages and vaccines face the same fundamental problem as traditional antibiotics: if they’re working well, they’re used just once, which makes it difficult to make money. And to successfully counteract resistance in the long term, we’ll need to use new antibiotics sparingly— lowering the profits for their creators even further.

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