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- Friday 6 May 2011
- 8.00pm to 9.15pm
- Lecturers: Sir Richard Sykes
Due to the bank holiday created by the Royal Wedding we have rescheduled April's Discourse for Friday 6 May.
Microbes have evolved over 3.5 billion years and are arguably the most adaptable organisms on earth. Restricted genetically by their inability to reproduce sexually, bacteria have acquired several additional mechanisms by which to exchange genetic material. Such mechanisms have allowed bacteria to inhabit some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. It is then hardly surprising that when faced with a barrage of inimical chemicals (antibiotics) they have responded with an equal and opposite force.
Sir Richard will compare and contrast the evolution of antimicrobial resistance to B-lactam antibiotics over the last 70 years in two bacterial species, namely Staphylococcus aureus, a highly evolved human pathogen, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic nosocomial pathogen.
FEDs are open to Ri Members and their guests.
Tickets are free to Ri Full Members, £10 Associate Members and £15 guests.
If you haven't been before, you should bear in mind that FEDs are by tradition formal occasions, and while evening dress is not obligatory, it is customary. Smart dress is acceptable.
Make a night of it! Come for a cocktail or something delicious, modern and British to eat in the bar. ‘Time & Space' at the Ri has the perfect atmosphere for a night out.
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