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#19: What’s the future of antibiotics?
Episode 1929th May 2018 • Important, Not Important • Important, Not Important
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In Episode 19, Quinn & Brian asks: What’s the future of antibiotics?

To answer: the irrepressible Dr. Gautam Dantas, the professor of pathology and immunology and biomedical engineering at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He leads the Dantas Lab, where they work at the interface of microbial genomics, ecology, synthetic biology, and systems biology, to understand, harness, and engineer the biochemical processing potential of microbial communities.

We have a lovely, not terrifying chat about designing new antibiotics in the post-antibiotic area. Topics covered include bacteria as the O.G., Thanos, precision medicine, cows, horror shows from the ancient past buried in ice cores, and your vote and where it should go. 

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“Why Some Bacteria Eat Antibiotics”, NBC News

“Antibiotic Resistance is Ancient”, Science Daily

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Intro/outro by Tim Blane

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