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The Killers Within

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751539493

Price: £10.99

ON SALE: 3rd August 2006

Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Sociology & Anthropology

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In June 1999, a 33-year-old woman walked into a San Francisco hospital complaining of acute pain in her legs. The day before, she had what she thought was a flu: fever, dizziness and abdominal pain. Within two hours of her admission to hospital, she was dead, and unrecognisable. The diagnosis: flesh-eating bacteria.

Bacteria are one of the most basic life forms on earth, yet they pose a threat to mankind that not even the most sophisticated scientific techniques can contain. The book charts the competition between the drug companies to develop a new super-antibiotic, and the race to save lives and make millions. It also describes the surprising return of a technique that predates penicillin – the development of a phage or virus that kills the bacteria from within.

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