A Family-Friendly Podcast about Antibiotics

If you’re looking for a great podcast this weekend as you tackle and long drive or heaps of cleaning, look no further! Radiolab did a great podcast, called Staph Retreat a few months back. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen. It covers the discovery of penicillin, the arms race between antibiotic resistant bugs and new drugs, and lots of cool facts in between! For the adventurous ones, you can even learn how to make your own old school antibiotic witches brew; the recipe is covered in this podcast. Since the concoction was used way back in medical history, we have since learned that each one of the ingredients have antimicrobial properties. Nevertheless, it’s all quite interesting – I certainly would have never thought to put copper in a soup! Enjoy!

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Katherine Dahlhausen

Katie Dahlhausen is a PhD student in Jonathan Eisen’s lab and is interested in the biogeography and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. Find out more at her Twitter feed .