2007 Hamilton Award & 2008 Chemistry Colloquium Lecture - Antibiotics: Past, Present, and Future
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Professor Christopher T. Walsh describes the history of the development of antibiotic drugs. The odyssey begins with 'the golden age' (1930-50), through a long period of exploiting these successes, that has led to the emergence of resistant bacterial strains (e.g. MRSA = Methicillin-Resistant Staph. Aureus) that pose serious new threats to human health. This leads into Prof. Walsh's vision for new targets that present opportunities for the introduction of fundamentally different drugs, to complement available therapeutics.
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