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3.5 Infection prevention and control

Season 3, Ep. 5

How do we avoid getting to the point of needing to use so many antibiotics?

Professor Morgan Alexander, Professor of Biomaterials at the University of Nottingham and Dr Lena Ciric, who leads the Healthy Infrastructure Research Group at University College London, join us for this episode on infection prevention and control. We learn about how diseases spread, especially through buildings and on surfaces, and how scientists are innovating to combat these mechanisms.

Hosted by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.

Produced by Hiren Joshi, Lizzy Ratcliffe, and Dr. Hannah Macdonald.

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