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UC Merced Researcher Continues Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

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Miriam Barlow is an evolutionary biologist at UC Merced.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistant bacteria cause around 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Researchers across the globe are working to combat this growing problem, and a team at UC Merced recently published a study contributing some much-needed data to the field.

Listen to the audio for the full interview with senior author Miriam Barlow, an evolutionary biologist at UC Merced who’s studied many facets of antibiotic resistant bacteria—from safe antibiotic treatment strategies to bacterial evolution to processes that may actually help reverse antibiotic resistance.

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