Confronting The Global Challenge of Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes

Prof. Erica Hartmann was featured on the Big Ten Network (BTN) for her work researching antibiotic resistant microbes and bacteria. The goal of her research is to devise environmentally-sound and balanced cleaning practices that allow us to harmoniously coexist with microbes, a group which includes bacteria, fungi, archaea, viruses and eukaryotes.

"I would like us to really think intentionally", Hartmann says. "Not about how do I make this surface as sterile as possible, but do I need this surface to be sterile? How should I be cleaning it? How frequently should I be cleaning it? And to make better choices that both protect our health right now and into the future."

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