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Killer Cure: The Amazing Adventures of Bacteriophage

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Grade Level: Coll-Adult
Producer: White Pine Pictures
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 49 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

KILLER CURE is the personal journey of desperate men and women in search of a medical miracle - at the intersection of hype, hope and heroics. The documentary follows sick and exhausted patients as they chase down their last chance to live - all the way to a broken down laboratory in the former Soviet Union.

In the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the last remnants of bacteriophage exist – tiny viruses that kill bacteria. A tantalizing alternative to the growing impotence of antibiotics, the obscure bacteriophage may be the mightiest weapon left in our modern arsenal against infection. This is a long forgotten Canadian discovery, protected by a handful of equally desperate Russian doctors and scientists.

THE KILLER CURE reveals the catastrophic consequences of our reckless misuse of antibiotics. It investigates the strange story of the phage and the attempts by Western scientists and entrepreneurs to unlock its potential.

It follows the moving story of desperately ill patients, untreatable in the West, who seek help from phage specialists half a world away. And it poses the question: Is this the miracle we so desperately seek, or just another blind alley?

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