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Illustrations of an bacteria and the ways antibiotics work
Antibiotic actions, illustration by Laura Olivares Boldú

End of Week 1 Summary

End of Week 1 Summary

This week you learned about the key concepts around antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. We talked about what antibiotics are and why they are so important to modern medicine.

We discussed why antibiotic resistance is such an important problem. We also focused on the fundamental biology of how antibiotics work, and most importantly then how bacteria become resistant to them.

In the weeks to follow, we will move to the laboratory techniques for bacterial identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and also discuss the more advanced techniques available. Finally, we will present some technologies and methods available to sequence and analyse bacterial genomes.

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