Regression to the pre-antibiotic era: time to panic?

July 26, 2016 10:00 - 11:15 am

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The resistance of micro-organisms to antibiotics is one of the most important threats facing public health. It may render many of the therapeutic drug breakthroughs of the last century powerless against infectious diseases, from common bacterial infections to more complex conditions associated with HIV and TB. Given the rapid development of resistant microbes and new strains of viruses it is crucial to find new interventions to manage these threats. We will discuss the underlying causes of resistance from an evolutionary and ecological perspective as well as the economic/health care challenges antibiotic resistance poses.

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