The inescapable reality of this technologically progressive era is that we are constantly checking social media, reading our news online, and searching for the latest Beyonce video on our phones. Even doctors are getting on board, with phone apps to make house calls, and devices to turn iPhones into medical cameras. But Boston doctors at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary have noticed a particular influx of patients in recent years complaining of eye problems that are attributed to smartphone usage. Patients with eye soreness, dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, and muscle strain are said to have “Computer Vision Syndrome.”
It is not clear what sort of risk the possibility of conferring antibiotic resistance to bacteria presents. No one has ever observed bacteria incorporating new DNA from the digestive system under controlled laboratory conditions. The two types of antibiotic resistance genes used by biotechnologists are ones that already exist in bacteria in nature so the process would not introduce new antibiotic resistance to bacteria. Never the less it is a concern and the FDA is encouraging biotechnologists to phase out the practice of using antibiotic resistance genes (GEO-PIE website).
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