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The Science of Antibiotics

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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A talk by Dr. Sandra Breum Andersen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Langone Medical Center at NYU

The development of antibiotics has revolutionized our society – we’re now much less likely to die from infections following a small cut in the hand or even open heart surgery. There are, however, serious consequences of our the extensive use of antibiotics. I will talk about how microorganisms produce antibiotics to compete with each other, and how we have exploited this natural arsenal of weapons to our benefit and detriment. While the advantages are obvious in the clinic, antibiotics are used also in cases where they are not needed, and as growth enhancers in life stock. The two main problems we are now facing are antibiotic resistance and disturbance of our beneficial microbes. I will explain how resistance arise and spread, and how the loss of “friendly” bacteria from our gut may lead to problems with obesity, diabetes and asthma.

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Date:
May 14
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Post Office Bar
188 Havermeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211 United States
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http://www.postofficebk.com/

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Know Science
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