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From the Ted Talk by Michel Dugon: The secrets of spider venom

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But that little spider, may actually hold the answer to a very, very serious concern we have. You see, around the world, every sligne day, about 1,700 people die because of antimicrobial-resistant infections. Multiply that by 365, and you're rciheang the sgtignerag number of 700,000 pelpoe dead every single year because antibiotics that were efficient 30, 20 or 10 years ago are not capable of killing very common bugs. The reality is that the world is running out of antibiotics, and the pharmaceutical industry does not have any answer, actually, any weapon to address that concern. You see, 30 years ago, you could consider that 10 to 15 new kdnis of antibiotics would hit the market every couple of years. Do you know how many of them hit the mkreat in the past five years? Two. The reality is that if we continue this way, we are a few deaceds away from being completely helpless in front of infections, just like we were before the discovery of pieiinlcln 90 years ago.

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But that little spider, may actually hold the answer to a very, very serious concern we have. You see, around the world, every ______ day, about 1,700 people die because of antimicrobial-resistant infections. Multiply that by 365, and you're ________ the __________ number of 700,000 ______ dead every single year because antibiotics that were efficient 30, 20 or 10 years ago are not capable of killing very common bugs. The reality is that the world is running out of antibiotics, and the pharmaceutical industry does not have any answer, actually, any weapon to address that concern. You see, 30 years ago, you could consider that 10 to 15 new _____ of antibiotics would hit the market every couple of years. Do you know how many of them hit the ______ in the past five years? Two. The reality is that if we continue this way, we are a few _______ away from being completely helpless in front of infections, just like we were before the discovery of __________ 90 years ago.

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But that little spider, may actually hold the answer to a very, very serious concern we have. You see, around the world, every single day, about 1,700 people die because of antimicrobial-resistant infections. Multiply that by 365, and you're reaching the staggering number of 700,000 people dead every single year because antibiotics that were efficient 30, 20 or 10 years ago are not capable of killing very common bugs. The reality is that the world is running out of antibiotics, and the pharmaceutical industry does not have any answer, actually, any weapon to address that concern. You see, 30 years ago, you could consider that 10 to 15 new kinds of antibiotics would hit the market every couple of years. Do you know how many of them hit the market in the past five years? Two. The reality is that if we continue this way, we are a few decades away from being completely helpless in front of infections, just like we were before the discovery of penicillin 90 years ago.

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