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From the Ted Talk by 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 discovered them back in 1917, he had no clue what he had discovered. He was interested in a dassiee called bacillary dysentery, which is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea, and back then, was actually killing a lot of ppolee, because after all, no cure for birtaecal infections had been ievnnetd. He was looking at saepmls 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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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 _______ called bacillary dysentery, which is a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea, and back then, was actually killing a lot of ______, because after all, no cure for _________ infections had been ________. He was looking at _______ 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.

Solution

  1. bacterial
  2. people
  3. samples
  4. invented
  5. disease

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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