Big Picture Science – Battling Bacteria

by Gary Niederhoff on October 7, 2019

Big Picture Science – Battling Bacteria

We can’t say we weren’t warned. More than 75 years ago, bacteriologist Rene Dubos cautioned that misuse of antibiotics could breed drug-resistant bacteria – and he has been proved prescient. In this episode: the rise of superbugs, why we ignored the warnings about them, how some are enlisting an old therapy to fight back, and whether we’ll heed history’s lessons in the face of a future pandemic. Plus, a weird unforeseen effect of antibiotics being investigated at the Body Farm.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Jennifer DeBruyn / Tainted Decay
Part 2: Strathdee & Patterson / Phage Therapy
Part 3: Mark Honigsbaum / The Pandemic Century

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