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Fighting Superbugs with Viruses

Ben Chan searches sewers, lakes, and pig farms all around the world for bacteriophages (bacteria-destroying viruses) that could help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs.”

Paige is a young woman in Texas with cystic fibrosis who is suffering from a drug-resistant infection; Ben’s experimental phage therapy is her last resort. We follow Ben as he travels from his laboratory at Yale to Lubbock, Texas, to deliver the treatment — and meet Paige as she shows us what life is like before and after this experimental phage therapy.

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"Scientists work in high-security buildings that are banned to the public and then wonder why they are misunderstood."
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"Scientists work in high-security buildings that are banned to the public and then wonder why they are misunderstood."

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Saying something is “genetic” used to be a fatalistic diagnosis. But with modern medicine, it could be the key to…
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For centuries, prosthetics didn't change much at all, but the past 10 years has seen an incredible leap forward in the way they look and work.