Upcoming Episode Features the Search for Antibiotics in Canada’s Caves

February 18, 2015 / Canada, North America
Searching for potential antibiotics in a British Columbia cave.

Searching for potential antibiotics in a British Columbia cave. Screengrab via CBC

An upcoming episode of the popular CBC show, The Nature of Things with Daivid Suzuki, follows scientists into British Columbia’s caves as they search for new antibiotics.

With the overuse of antibiotics, we are at the point where many just don’t work anymore. As a result, up to 12,000 people die every year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Canada alone.

Experts across the globe, including the World Health Organization, are predicting that we will soon enter a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can kill.

Now scientists from all over the world are on an urgent hunt to find the building blocks of new antibiotics. The episode, titled The Antibiotic Hunters, follows these researchers as they investigate potential leads. These include the slimy green fur of sloths, the saliva of Komodo dragons, the blood of alligators, the ocean floor off the coast of Panama and finally, the bacteria in British Columbia caves.

The Antibiotic Hunters is slated to air on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8 PM on CBC-TV.

For more information or to watch the preview visit The Nature of Things website.

[via @HorneLake]

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