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Author Strathdee, Steffanie, author.

Title The perfect predator : a scientist's race to save her husband from a deadly superbug / Steffanie Strathdee, PHD and Thomas Patterson, PHD ; with Teresa Barker.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    616.9041 STR    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 337 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [319] - 328) and index.
Contents Part I : A deadly hitchhiker. Blindsided -- A menacing air -- The last supper -- Disease detectives -- First responders -- Lost in translation -- The colonel from Al-Shabaab -- Tom: interlude I -- A deadly hitchhiker -- The worst bacteria on the planet -- Tom: interlude II. Part II : Can't eskape. -- Homecoming -- Superbugged -- Public enemy number one: under the radar -- Tom: interlude III -- The alternate reality club -- Tipping point: fully colonized -- Tom: interlude IV. Part III : the perfect predator. The spider to catch the fly -- Tom: interlude V -- The perfect predator -- Semper fortis: always faithful, always strong -- A hail Mary pass -- Panning for gold -- Journeying -- Tom: interlude VI. Part IV : the Darwinian dance. The blood orange tree -- Moment of truth -- The bold guess -- Lysis to kill -- Tom: interlude VII -- Second-guessing -- No mud, no lotus -- tom: interlude VIII -- The Darwinian dance and the Red Queen's pursuit -- The last dance -- The Buddha's gift -- Grand rounds -- Epilogue.
Summary Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a stomach bug. What at first seemed like a case of food poisoning quickly turned critical, and by the time Tom had been transferred via emergency medevac to the world-class medical center at UC San Diego, where both he and Steffanie worked, blood work revealed why modern medicine was failing: Tom was fighting one of the most dangerous, antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the world. Frantic, Steffanie combed through research old and new and came across phage therapy: the idea that the right virus, aka "the perfect predator," can kill even the most lethal bacteria. Phage treatment had fallen out of favor almost 100 years ago, after antibiotic use went mainstream. Now, with time running out, Steffanie appealed to phage researchers all over the world for help. She found allies at the FDA, researchers from Texas A&M, and a clandestine Navy biomedical center --and together they resurrected a forgotten cure.
Subject Drug resistance in microorganisms.
Drug resistance.
Multidrug resistance.
Methicillin resistance.
Added Author Patterson, Thomas, author.
Barker, Teresa, author.
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