Many doctors prescribe antibiotics to cure infections. But should they be prescribing viruses instead?

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I am a 6th year PhD student in Biochemistry

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When groups of microorganisms live in communities, they can both cause and solve problems for people.

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Scientists think that genetically engineered gut bacteria could help fight obesity.

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Treatment and prevention are direct costs associated with a disease. But did you know that diseases also have less obvious, indirect costs? In the case of malaria, they include poor school performance and a higher risk of Salmonella infection.

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I work on poop, specifically the multitudes of microbes that live inside poop. That doesn't sound very glamorous, but we now understand that these microbes have a fundamental role in our health and well-being; we have been very slow to realize this, and our current western lifestyle choices can be hostile to our microbes, in extreme cases causing disease.

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In September 2016, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to ban antibacterial soaps. But some organizations, like the American Cleaning Institute, are against the ban.

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It’s official: you’ve got the flu. It’s logical to assume that your symptoms are the result of the infection coursing through your body — but is that really the case? (5:00 min.)

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Research, education and medication have all helped reduce the impact of HIV. But viruses also evolve over time, and HIV may be becoming less harmful.

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I’m a virologist who studies human adenoviruses, some of which cause potentially life-threatening respiratory infections. I also teach in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto.

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In the beginning, the Zika virus didn’t seem like the next big news story. But time revealed just how dangerous the Zika virus can be.

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Viruses just don’t meet the requirements to be included in the Tree of Life. And although they have several ideas, scientists aren’t sure where viruses come from.

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HIV is a retrovirus that causes AIDS. But where did it come from, and how did it spread?

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The latest clinical trials for poop pills that can fight a gut infection failed. But that's no reason to flush this research down the toilet. (3:29 min.)

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