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Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.
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Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. is a microbiologist with over a decade of experience in researching the mechanisms for the spread of antibiotic resistance. This interest has led him to the intersection of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and policy, where he is now looking at the implications and consequences of legislation and regulation around antibiotic use. As a result, he has become concerned that the threat posed by overuse of antibiotics needs to be taken more seriously. But it’s not all doom and gloom: his interest in instrumentation and general microbiology extends to brewing his own beer.

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Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 10:16 AM

In my last piece, I may have given the impression that in spite of early successes we are in full retreat from superbugs. The simple existence of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (TDR-TB) is certainly the stuff of Hollywood-style nightmares. Unfortunately, as I described previously, there are...

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Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 7:56 PM

There is a war that has been raging for a very long time. Different groups have constantly been developing ever more devious weapons, with counter-measures springing up almost as quickly. This war has been waged all day, every day, for eons. It is into this context that we humans blithely...

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Will New FDA Guidelines Reduce Threat From Superbugs?

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:32 PM

In January of this year the British Chief Medical Officer urged her government to add threat posed by superbugs to the official list of "Apocalypses to Worry About" along with catastrophic terrorist attacks and massive flooding. With typical British understatement, its actual name is the National Risk Register of...

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