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An L.A. doctor races to cure deadly diseases and worries about Trump plan to cut NIH funding

An L.A. doctor races to cure deadly diseases and worries about Trump plan to cut NIH funding

Michael Yeaman’s lab on the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center campus in Torrance is loaded with bacteria, and it’s been that way for a quarter of a century.

Yeaman is a bug detective. To be more technical, he’s a medical science investigator. You should not talk to him if you’re a hypochondriac, because you’ll crawl into a bubble and zip it shut.

“Currently there is an enormous threat of drug-resistant infections,” said Yeaman, chief of molecular medicine at Harbor-UCLA.

Often, these infections are picked up at medical facilities. You go to the hospital for treatment minor or major, and you end up with an infection antibiotics will not cure.

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