Before I get to this week’s podcast, I want to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported the show. Here’s why…

(I’m completely shocked…)

We feel we are just getting started and this award just gives us reason to believe we are doing something right by showin’ that SASS.

Now, let’s get on with this week’s show.

We’re taking a different approach this week as we’re going to be talking about something that scientifically is awesome but for human health, it’s exactly the opposite…

(Antibiotic resistance…)

I’m sure you have heard about it…I’ve been talking about it for over a decade in the public forum. I’m hoping you know it’s a crisis and that more people are going to die unless we find new options.

But on this week’s show, we’re taking a different approach to this rather difficult dilemma. You can listen to it on your favorite podcast platform or listen to it here while you read: https://omny.fm/shows/super-awesome-science-show/phaging-out-the-resistance

How many of us know someone who has suffered from one of these infections? How many of us have witnessed these infections take over people leaving them helplessly dying? How many of us really understand what happens when we finally recover?

After listening to this show, you’ll be able to name one:  my first guest…

(Dr. Tom Patterson)

He is a researcher at the University of California San Diego and has had a very successful career. But in 2015, his life took a turn for the worst and he almost ended up dying of an antibiotic resistant infection.

We talk to him about his journey and more importantly…

(His recovery…)

His story will make you think about how bad antibiotic resistance really can be and how many people are not as lucky as him. As to why he recovered, i’s because he had a superheroine fighting for his life every step of the way. Her name is…

(Dr. Steffanie Strathdee)

She’s also a researcher at the University of California San Diego. Her expertise in HIV epidemiology has won her numerous accolades and awards. It would make sense that she would do her best to save a colleague. But, she is much more than that to him…

(She’s the love of his life…)

You’ll hear her story as she tried her best to help Tom fight off the disease. But she wasn’t alone in her efforts. She had a secret weapon that helped fight off the infection and bring Tom to a point where he could recover…

(Bacteriophages…)

These tiny viruses of bacteria have been known to be excellent killers and when used in the right concentration, can leave a bacterium…

(Doomed…)

You’ll hear about her struggles to bring Tom back from the brink of death and how this experience has sparked her to promote this type of therapy aimed at phaging out the resistance.

If you want to know more about their journey and how phages may represent the future of medicine, you can pick up the book they wrote together and is hitting store shelves today…

(It’s an awesome if not heartbreaking read…)

But we’re not done yet. In our SASS Class, you’ll hear about another use for phages that may make your own life better. We talk with a researcher who has been putting these little viruses to use in our livestock and even wildlife communities hoping to reduce the threat from contaminated meat…

(Dr. Lawrence Goodridge)

We explore how viruses may help to reduce those foodborne pathogens we tend to hear about like Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli and how the use of phages may soon be the way to keep our food safe…

(From Farm to Fork…)

I hope you enjoy this week’s SASScast as it was meaningful to me in many ways. I’ve been involved in this type of research for decades and this was the first time I had a chance to share a relatively unheard side of the story. I want to thank Tom and Steffanie for being so gracious with their time and for sharing all they did with me.

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If you have a question, comment or idea for the show, let me know in the comments below or by sending me an Email at: thegermguy@gmail.com. We’re filling our slate for the year and we have already taken several suggestions and put them on the grid. If you have a burning question for science, let me know and maybe it’ll end up being a theme for a future show.

Thank you again to everyone who has made this little show a success. I can’t wait for what is to come…and believe me, it is going to be AWESOME.