Death Is In Our Own Hands

Take a look around you. What do you see? Odds are, there is bacteria on it. Bacteria can live anywhere, including soil, the ocean, inside the human body, and many more places that you would not expect. Bacteria can survive in so many different kinds of environments, and there are more than 10 times as many cells of bacteria as there are human cells in the human body. It maybe essential to human life, but it comes with consequences- which could be sitting right in your hands.

The bacterium called Staphylococcus epidermidis has been overlooked by scientists because of how much of it there is, even though it is closely related to MRSA: another bacteria that is related to infections in the body. Staphylococcus epidermidis is actually a potentially deadly bacteria that is right on the skin of every person who walks this earth. It affects people once they have gone through surgery, and brings infections among their body. This bacteria is even immune to antibiotics, which makes it even harder to treat. Scientists have identified a set of 61 genes that let this bacteria cause death to people. The 61 genes were present in bodies of those who were diseased, and they were absent in those who were healthy. These disease causing genes help bacterium grow once it is in the bloodstream. A test done on the bacteria found in healthy versus diseased showed that The good thing about this discovery is that scientists can now tell who is more at risk of a deadly infection before undergoing surgery, by identifying those 61 genes in the body. Knowing who is more at risk of the infection or disease will help surgeons know what precautions to do before a surgery. Even if you think that you are healthy and safe from this bacteria, you might have to think twice, because it is everywhere.

This discovery maybe very important to the health of people, and can save many people’s lives. The fact that there are so many of these bacterium means that they can evolve very fast. If there was nothing done to control the spreading of this bacteria, it could have spread quickly and raise the amount of people with infections after surgery. Going through the necessary precautions before a surgery is important based on whether or not the 61 genes are present, and it can prevent a deadly infection that is possibly among all of us due to these genes and the bacteria. The fact that there is bacteria almost everywhere makes it very scary because there could be more out there like Staphylococcus epidermidis, and it could be anywhere.

We can thank scientists now for discovering the dangers of this bacteria, but there could be even more we do not know about. The fact that this bacteria is found within every person on earth makes you think about where else there could be potentially lethal bacteria. It could be anywhere, and hopefully we can discover those before it’s too late.

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