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Monday, November 2nd 2009

Antimicrobial Therapies

[zdvideo border=yes theme=simple2 width=560 height=340]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJttdkKo4nM[/zdvideo]

I once had a pharm professor, during my first two years of medical school, predict that we’d see the death of antibiotics during my practice career. The idea being that the antibiotics in the pipeline, the drive for new therapies against pathogenic bacteria was limited compared to the speed at which resistance was growing. Well Kary Mullis has some ideas about that and about the future of the battle against infection.

I know Mullins is a controversial figure and a strange bird at that. He is one of the most unique, choosing that adjective over others, Noble laureates I can remember. In spite of all that the talk, as most TED talks are, is very interesting.