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Defeating Bacteria With "The Perfect Predator"

A bacteriophage, in an artist's depiction.

It started out looking like a simple case of food poisoning.  But it turned out to be an infection from a dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria. 

Fortunately, the patient's husband is an epidemiologist, Steffanie Strathdee.  Her efforts to cure Thomas Patterson turned to a virus that could kill the bacteria, the title character in the book The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug

Phage treatment was a more common approach before antibiotics.  The authors talk of their harrowing experience and their ultimate success. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.