Ep 43: Vaughn Cooper & biofilms. Tigecycline resistance. Chromosomal Hybrids. Pneumococcal vaccine.


Coming in hot for this November month! Today we have with us Dr. Vaughn Cooper, professor and director of the Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Tune in to learn about his deep love for evolution, his background at the Lenski lab and his current work studying biofilms.

For the news section, we first bring you Jenny's recent paper looking at the evolution of resistance to tigecycline and then move onto a UAC paper on the evolution of chromosomal hybrids which result in enlarged chromosomes. For a change, this time we also talk about vaccines, covering a surveillance study looking at the effect of pneumococcal vaccines and COVID-19 on AMR. We finish up the news by mentioning two big things released this month: a follow-up to the report on global burden of AMR in 2019, this time with numbers on the WHO European Region, and a new WHO Fungal Priority Pathogen List. Buckle up, this episode covers a lot!

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Last modified: 2023-02-05