Antibiotic Apocalypse

On Saturday 27 August, I took part in the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Stand in the Square as part of Edinburgh Fringe.  The show was ‘The Antibiotic Apocalypse Threatens us All!’ and with an audience of almost 80, we had an interesting debate about antibiotics, infection, and why antibiotic resistance is a problem that we can’t afford to ignore.

As part of the show, the audience members became research collaborators, and many submitted a swab sample that we will be analysing in the lab. If you were at the show, and you wish to know more, then please use the ‘Contact Me’ page and quote the key word, or please feel free to email me at the address on your participant information sheet.

The Apocalypse Experiment

During the show I collected 72 swabs from the audience – thank you!

Here they are:


Each of the swabs has been assigned a number from 1 -72. In total, there were 33 throat swabs, and 39 nasal swabs. These are now being stored in the lab fridge until we are ready to process them.


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