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“This is totally sleeper phase right now … you want to get your arms around it before it really wakes up.”

That’s Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He’s talking about the scariest new threat in one of the biggest public health problems of our time. The threat: a deadly new superbug that’s just starting to surface. The problem: the rise of antibiotic resistance.

Public health officials are warning we could be headed toward a post-antibiotics world, unless we do something, and fast. So where do we start? Inside a cave.


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The Signal podcast is produced by Katie Hiler.