All posts by Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna
Maryn McKenna is the author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2010).

The Abstinence Method

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To American eyes, the Hoeve de Hulsdonk farm, outside the small town of Beers in the southeastern Netherlands, looks like some radical exercise in farming transparency. There’s a bike trail to lure you onto the property, and picnic tables to keep you there. The dark metal barn, towering two stories above the farmhouse and tractors,… » Read More

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Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

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A few years ago, I started looking online to fill in chapters of my family history that no one had ever spoken of. I registered on, plugged in the little I knew, and soon was found by a cousin whom I had not known existed, the granddaughter of my grandfather’s older sister. We started exchanging documents:… » Read More

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How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug

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Adrienne LeBeouf recognized the symptoms when they started. The burning and the urge to head to the bathroom signaled a urinary tract infection, a painful but everyday annoyance that afflicts up to 8 million U.S. women a year. LeBeouf, who is 29 and works as a medical assistant, headed to her doctor, assuming that a… » Read More

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