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Disease Hunters

Humans and bacteria have been in an evolutionary race for millennia. With the emergence of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” and no new medicines in sight, we are facing a losing battle. From looking at odd places like cockroaches, to building bacteriophage banks and polymers that perform differently from antibiotics, it is time to bring unconventional weapons to this war.
Disease Hunters

Disease Hunters - S1: How cockroaches could stop the next disease outbreak

06 Apr 2021 03:24pm
Humans and bacteria have been in an evolutionary race for millennia. With the emergence of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” and no new medicines in sight, we are facing a losing battle. From looking at odd places like cockroaches, to building bacteriophage banks and polymers that perform differently from antibiotics, it is time to bring unconventional weapons to this war.

Disease Hunters

About the show:

What may bring the next pandemic? This 3-part series features “Disease Hunters” on the frontlines as they identify, study or kill infectious diseases, vectors and microbes. It stars leading scientists from Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Japan, Philippines, Iceland, India, UK and USA, and highlights international collaboration and data-sharing as scientists seek to keep pace with potential pathogens. The series also connects today’s outbreaks with historical epidemics and explores factors that may accelerate future outbreaks like human-animal interactions, drug resistance, climate change, urbanisation and globalisation. Through cinematic medical animations, it shows the unseen operations of viruses, bacteria and mosquito-borne diseases, vaccines, antibiotics, bacteriophages and monoclonal antibodies. Diseases discussed include COVID-19 coronavirus, influenza, H1N1 swine flu, polio, superbugs, tuberculosis, malaria and dengue.

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