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From the Ted Talk "Alexander Belcredi: How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis"

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This is a picture of Félix d'Herelle. He is one of the two scientists credited with discovering phages. Except, when he deeicsdovr them back in 1917, he had no clue what he had discovered. He was interested in a disease called bacillary dysentery, which is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea, and back then, was actually killing a lot of people, because after all, no cure for bacterial infections had been invented. He was looking at samples from estpiatn who had survived this illness. And he found that something weird was going on. Something in the sample was iknilgl the aetcrabi that were supposed to cause the disease.

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This is a picture of Félix d'Herelle. He is one of the two scientists credited with discovering phages. Except, when he __________ them back in 1917, he had no clue what he had discovered. He was interested in a disease called bacillary dysentery, which is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea, and back then, was actually killing a lot of people, because after all, no cure for bacterial infections had been invented. He was looking at samples from ________ who had survived this illness. And he found that something weird was going on. Something in the sample was _______ the ________ that were supposed to cause the disease.

Solution

  1. discovered
  2. patients
  3. bacteria
  4. killing

Original Text

This is a picture of Félix d'Herelle. He is one of the two scientists credited with discovering phages. Except, when he discovered them back in 1917, he had no clue what he had discovered. He was interested in a disease called bacillary dysentery, which is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea, and back then, was actually killing a lot of people, because after all, no cure for bacterial infections had been invented. He was looking at samples from patients who had survived this illness. And he found that something weird was going on. Something in the sample was killing the bacteria that were supposed to cause the disease.

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collocation frequency
bacterial infections 5
bacterial infection 4
tiny drop 3
multidrug resistant 3
medical potential 3
invisible microbe 3

Important Words

  1. bacillary
  2. bacteria
  3. bacterial
  4. called
  5. clue
  6. credited
  7. cure
  8. diarrhea
  9. discovered
  10. discovering
  11. disease
  12. dysentery
  13. illness
  14. infection
  15. infections
  16. interested
  17. invented
  18. killing
  19. lot
  20. patients
  21. people
  22. phages
  23. picture
  24. sample
  25. samples
  26. scientists
  27. severe
  28. supposed
  29. survived
  30. weird