Harvard’s William Kaelin wins Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine

Kaelin: Uh, I hope you’re all having a nice day, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say, it’s not as nice as the day I’m having. Crowd: Cheers! What my co-awardees and I identified was a molecular pathway that allows cells to sense oxygen and depending how much oxygen they are getting, to respond […]

A Day in the Life: Harvard Medical School Student

(soft upbeat music) – My name is Julia Pian. I’m originally from San Diego, California. I went to Harvard College for undergrad and I’m now a third year medical student at Harvard Medical School. Typically I start a day anywhere from six to 7:30. I’ll wake up and basically head straight into the hospital. I’ll often check on […]

Improving Outpatient Antibiotic Use: The Role of Primary Care Physicians

The most common condition people come in with that results in an antibiotic prescription is sinusitis. That results in about 17 million visits in the United States per year in which an antibiotic is prescribed. One conversation I have with my colleagues a lot is there’s a misperception on the part of doctors that patients want antibiotics. What […]

Superbugs That Resist Antibiotics Can Evolve in 11 Days | I Contain Multitudes

[INTRO MUSIC] ED YONG: This is one of the great disruptors of the modern era. This changed everything. Before this, child birth, getting a tooth pulled, even just a scratch could have been a death sentence. Antibiotics– there are many varieties, streptomycin, erythromycin, doxycycline, cephalosporin, amoxicillin. But they all share a common purpose to eliminate bacteria. They are […]

The Evolution of Bacteria on a “Mega-Plate” Petri Dish (Kishony Lab)

So what we ended up building was basically a Petri dish, except that it’s 2 feet by 4 feet. And the way we set it up is that there are nine bands, and at the base of each of these bands we put a normal Petri-dish-thick agar with different amounts of antibiotic. On the outside there’s no antibiotic; […]