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Friday, February 22, 2013

Reporter: Michael Usher
Producers: Danny Keens, Hannah Boocock

No-one would expect an innocuous little cut to threaten your life or cost you all four limbs.

But that's exactly what happened to Aimee Copeland, when her body was attacked by an aggressive flesh eating bug.

She's a living example of the rise and rise of superbugs.

In this frightening new era in medicine, that our once faithful friends - antibiotics - simply don't work. And this national health threat is so serious, our Government has now launched three separate Superbug inquiries.

But, as Michael Usher discovered, some brilliant scientific minds here and overseas are working fast to find some amazing new cures.

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To read more about Aimee Copeland’s incredible story of survival visit

For information about Dr Tony Smithyman’s research about bacteriophages visit or

To find out more about Dr Bonnie Bassler’s study into bacterial communication, click here.

And to read about the experiment into antibiotic resistance by Michael Baym from the Roy Kishony Lab at Harvard Medical School visit

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