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Professor Les Baillie speaks to BBC Sunday Politics Wales about antibiotic resistance

10 December 2012

Scanning Electron Micrograph of Clostrium difficile
Scanning Electron Micrograph of Clostrium difficile

Professor Les Baillie spoke to BBC's Sunday Politics Wales programme recently about the issues surrounding increasing antibiotic resistance. 

Resistance to antibiotics in Wales has been increasing over the past seven years. 

Professor Baillie likened it to an "arms race" between those developing drugs and bacteria building resistance. He said "People are trying to, in the United Kingdom at least, develop strategies of controlling the antibiotics they use. So they always have something in reserve. It would be horrendous if we ever came to a situation where there was nothing left in the cupboard."

He and his team are actively involved in investigating the antibacterial properties of natural products such as tea and honey to identify products that are effective in combatting superbugs such as Clostridium difficile and  MRSA.

You can read more about the programme and watch a video clip here.

Professor Baillie's comments were also reported in the Telegraph newspaper.

Prof Les Baillie

Position:Professor of Microbiology
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