Questions abound about the possible effects of those tiny antibiotic particles that are showing up all over

Date: August 28, 2015

Source: Science News for Students

Author: Sharon Oosthoek

Excerpt: “Metcalfe and other scientists worry[…a] steady stream of nanosilver into the environment could foster harmful microbes to become resistant to the germ killer. Microbes tend to evolve — or adapt over time — to changing conditions. And those adaptations might allow them to survive what could have been a toxic dose of silver. If that happened, doctors could no longer rely on silver-coated medical devices or silver-treated bandages to keep such germs from sickening their patients.”