Superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, claimed the lives of 700,000 people in 2016, and experts estimate that this number will continue to rise. Yet don’t despair. Radiation scientist and physicist David Brenner offers a cure, and it’s not a super antibiotic. Rather, Brenner’s solution is a technological one, including an elegant application of physics. getAbstract recommends this encouraging talk as a standout example of modern problem solving.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why superbugs are a serious threat,
- Why new drugs aren’t the answer and
- How “the power of light” can kill superbugs without harming humans.
About the Speaker
Radiation scientist David Brenner is the director of the Center for Radiological Research at the Columbia University Medical Center.