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Bottles of antibiotics line a shelf at a Publix supermarket pharmacy August 7, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Bottles of antibiotics line a shelf at a Publix supermarket pharmacy August 7, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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We all know that antibiotics lose their effectiveness as bacteria become resistant. And yet, they are overused, which hastens that ineffectiveness. But what if we had no antibiotics at all? Here & Now's Robin Young talks to The Economist magazine's "The World If" series editor Tom Standage (@tomstandage) about a world without antibiotics.

This segment aired on July 25, 2019.

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