Science alone cannot win the battle against infectious diseases

Not much more than a generation ago, aspiring medical researchers were warned off studying infectious diseases on the grounds that the “war on bugs” had effectively been won. The situation is starkly different today, however. Clare Samson spoke to the organisers of a session at the 6th Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress about strategies to combat the new disease landscape. Epidemic viral diseases have hit the headlines with alarming regularity in recent years, and in February this year the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first list of “priority pathogens”: 12 families of drug-resistant bacteria that pose the most urgent threat to public health. Pharmacists and the pharmaceu

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