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Media Watch Antibiotic resistance: apocalypse soon?

Imagine a world in which a single pandemic disease is virulent and infectious enough to reduce the human population by over 99 ·9% in less than a year. That was the scenario presented in a new radio play by the well known thriller writer Val McDermid. Resistance was broadcast in three parts on BBC Radio 4 on March 3, 10, and 17, as part of its Dangerous Visions series of dystopian dramas.
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Media Watch Source Type: research

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Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Colds & Flu Cough Source Type: blogs
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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Flu Vaccines and immunisation Society Flu pandemic Health World news NHS GPs Doctors Hospitals Infectious diseases Science Microbiology Source Type: news
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Source: Annual Review of Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Annu Rev Immunol Source Type: research
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