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Superbug..., April 2008

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The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, (NESCent), in collaboration with the Understanding Evolution web site project at the University of California, Berkeley, produces brief, monthly stories and podcasts for the public about current happenings in evolutionary biology. The series, Evolution in the News, along with links to background literature and classroom resources, are available on the Understanding Evolution web site at www.understandingevolution.org. AIBS is pleased to be hosting on its YouTube channel the Evolution in the News podcasts from NESCent.

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is an increasingly common medical problem. MRSA is a strain of Staphylococcus aureus that has evolved multiple drug resistance. Infections caused by normal S. aureus are fairly easy to treat with antibiotics, but an infection caused by MRSA is very difficult to treat and can be life threatening. In this podcast, Dr. Christina Burch (Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) talks about the evolution of drug resistance in commensal bacteria like S. aureus. (10 minutes)

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