A World Without Microbes: An Apocalyptic Thought Experiment | I Contain Multitudes

[MUSIC PLAYING] ED YONG: Imagine wiping out every microbe on Earth, every bacteria, every germ. I’ve done that. That is Professor Jack Gilbert from the University of Chicago. Catastrophic ideas are exciting. Everyone loves a disaster movie. ED: This summer– JACK GILBERT: As a microbe guy, you’ll like this movie. ED: In a world without […]

How antibiotics work

How do antibiotics work? Pathogenic bacteria in the body cause infections, which can be treated by antibiotics Bacteriostatic antibiotics slow the growth of bacteria by interfering with the processes the bacteria need to multiply These processes include: DNA replication Metabolism e.g. enzyme activity Protein production Bactericidal antibiotics kill the bacteria, for example by preventing the […]

Anthrax and Antibiotics: Anthrax is Deadly. Antibiotics Could Save Your Life.

[ Music ] Anthrax is a type of bacteria that can make you seriously sick. It can be used as a bioterrorism weapon. Although this is very scary, there is medicine that can keep you from getting sick, if that ever happened. Even though an anthrax attack is unlikely, you should still know what to […]