Animation of Antimicrobial Resistance
(Released August 2004)
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) produced a nine-minute animation explaining how antimicrobial resistance both emerges and proliferates among bacteria. Over time, the use of antimicrobial drugs will result in the development of resistant strains of bacteria, complicating clinician's efforts to select the appropriate antimicrobial for treatment. Accordingly, efforts are underway in both veterinary and human medicine to preserve the effectiveness of these drugs.
One of the major obstacles to understanding the issue of antimicrobial resistance is that the subject material appears abstract and is complex. This video was designed to make the concept of antimicrobial resistance more real and understandable to veterinarians, livestock producers, lawmakers, consumer representatives and other key audiences. We hope this animation will make the concept more understandable to non-scientists by showing how bacterial antimicrobial resistance can develop and spread.
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The animation can be viewed with the Windows Media Player. Click here to download the free player.
Antimicrobial Resistance (9:08)
| Windows Media Player | | Text Version |
Selection Pressure (1:10)
Destruction or Inactivation ( 0:42)
Efflux ( 1:00)
Genetic Transfer ( 0:20)
Conjugation (1:05 )
Transformation (0:45 )