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Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 85: Bakit Nagkakaroon Ng Antibiotics Sa Pagkain Natin?

Dr. Rodney Perez a senior researcher at the National Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. His research work is focused on the elucidation of the biosynthetic mechanism, mode of action, and the application of antimicrobial peptides (bacteriocins) from lactic acid bacteria. In 2021, he became the first Filipino to be given the Young Asian Biotechnologist Prize by the Society for Biotechnology, Japan.

We talked about what bacteriocins are and why scientists study them, the Philippines’ problem regarding antibiotic contamination in food, why people tend to overuse antibiotics, the consequences of overusing antibiotics, when we should use antibiotics, and more.

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