Big Picture Science – Bacteria to the Future

by Gary Niederhoff on November 26, 2018

Big Picture Science – Bacteria to the Future

Why did the chicken take antibiotics? To fatten it up and prevent bacterial infection. As a result, industrial farms have become superbug factories, threatening our life-saving antibiotics.

Find out how our wonder drugs became bird feed, and how antibiotic resistant bugs bred on the farm end up on your dinner plate. A journalist tells the story of the 1950s fad of “acronizing” poultry; the act of dipping it in an antibiotic bath so it can sit longer on a refrigerator shelf.

Plus, some ways we can avoid a post-antibiotic era. The steps one farm took to make their chickens antibiotic free… and resurrecting an old therapy: enlisting viruses to target and destroy multi-drug resistant bacteria. Set your “phages” to stun.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Antibiotics on the Farm
Part 2: Antibiotics off the Farm
Part 3: Set Phages to Kill

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