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Combating The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PMFree
St. Charles City-County Library, Middendorf-Kredell Branch, 2750 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO 63368-7859
Featured Speaker: Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science of St. Louis; and Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine
Disease-causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to all available antibiotics, causing approximately 23,000 deaths and costing the U.S., $35 billion each year. This scenario is predicted to worsen, with fewer and fewer new drugs coming to market. New DNA sequencing and computational technologies are enabling a deeper understanding of how antibiotic resistance evolves and spreads in diverse bacteria, providing critical insights into prevention and diagnosis of future infections.
Join 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Gautam Dantas for a compelling look at how these technologies reveal an intricate network of antibiotic resistance exchange between bacteria across habitats as diverse as the soil, the human body, and hospital environments.
Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs is being held in conjunction with the NIH National Library of Medicine exhibition, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry, on display at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch Library through June 20.