Ep 11. Faecal transplants, biological warfare and phage hunting with Heather Hendrickson

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise. The overuse of antibiotics has lead to the evolution of highly dangerous antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Dr Heather Hendrickson is a research scientist and science communicator from Massey University in New Zealand. Her research group is at the front line of understanding how other forms of treatment can be used as alternatives to broad spectrum antibiotics. In an interview with in situ science she takes us through her research into bacteriophage therapy: finding viruses that will target and kill pathogenic bacteria.

Listen to the podcast here…

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/xw6qg-648a2b?from=yiiadmin

The fun doesn’t stop there though as we continue on to discuss faecal transplants, science communication and how a child growing up in a conservative religious family becomes an influential evolutionary biologist.

Find out more about Heather’s research here and read her thoughts on the This Microbial Life blog.

Follow Heather on Twitter @DrHHNZ

 

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