Bugs as Drugs

Learn how bacteria may be a next generation medicine

About the video

Scientists are reinventing ways that bacteria can be beneficial for human health. Watch this video to learn more about how bacteria may be a next generation medicine using an example of people with phenylketonuria, a metabolic disorder that makes it difficult for people to digest a particular amino acid.


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