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Viruses as an alternative therapy in the fight against multi-resistant bacteria

The misuse of antibiotics has favored the emergence of multi-resistant bacteria, and today it is a global health problem. In the absence of current treatments, there is a need to investigate alternative therapeutic approaches that allow us to treat bacterial infections specifically and effectively. In this sense, phages, viruses of bacteria, are postulated as a promising tool in the fight against multi-resistant bacteria. Phages have excellent qualities, including their high specificity for the target bacterium, and are ecologically safe. This means that they are not only interesting from a clinical point of view, they can also be useful in other areas such as agriculture, food control or industry. This conference aims to make the public aware of the current problem and the need to develop alternative therapies for the control of multi-resistant bacteria, phage therapy being a very promising strategy. Key concepts of microbiology will be introduced and emphasis will be placed on the need for science as an economic driver of society, and on the motivation to pursue a scientific career.

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Epidemiological surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

The recent pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has caused severe human and economic losses worldwide, sharply changing the way society lives and how to deal with new emerging viruses. To make decisions that improve the control of the pandemic, it is necessary to monitor the population and know the incidence of the virus. Epidemiological surveillance through wastewater is a simple, inexpensive and non-invasive system that allows us to quickly know the incidence of the population, which can help make real-time decisions. In addition, through wastewater, you can learn about the viral variants circulating in the study population. In this conference, key concepts of virology and epidemiology will be announced that will give the public the motivation to pursue a scientific career.

 

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