Sanitation and antibiotics have saved the lives of many, but are they also the culprits behind some modern diseases? Martin Blaser argues that we might have gone overboard in killing our microbes, and that may be causing some of today’s epidemics. Blaser discusses the side-effects of microbes and antibiotics with Maria Armoudian.

Martin J. Blaser is a Professor of Translational Medicine and the Director of the Human Microbiome Program at New York University. He is an expert in microbiology and is the author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues.



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