A battle in your body

Walk a new route called ‘A battle in your body’, which explains what antibiotics are, where they come from and what antibiotic resistance actually is. You will also find out about the impact that resistance has on public health, and what you yourselve can do to stop antibiotic resistance in its tracks.

Route through Micropia

Micropia has devised this new route through the museum together with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Micropia is keen to enthuse the public about microbiology, the science of the smallest yet the most powerful life on earth. Antibiotics are medicines that are often used against bacterial infections. The substances originate from nature, where microbes produce antibiotics to eliminate their bacterial competitors. As medicines, they have a similar effect in our bodies. They kill pathogenic bacteria. In recent decades, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. 

Unfortunately, however, more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. If you take antibiotics too often or in the wrong way, the pathogens can become resistant. Sometimes even to virtually all antibiotics. If this happens, the antibiotics can no longer do their job and recovery becomes harder. To see what actions can be taken on it, visit Micropia’s new route, ‘A battle in your body’. Discover how bacteria rapidly adapt to antibiotics, and how they then spread via our hands. The route is open until spring holiday 2019.

Talks on antibiotic resistance by Micropia’s laboratory assistant

Incorrect and excessive use of antibiotics often gives rise to resistant bacteria. So it’s important that antibiotics are used correctly and that doctors only prescribe them if they are really necessary. Micropia's laboratory assistant demonstrates why antibiotics don’t work for a cold or flu, and takes a look at the future of antibiotics. Micropia’s laboratory assistant will give a talk on antibiotic resistance every day, at 1 pm and 4 pm, until the beginning of March. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays there's an extra edition of The lab talk 6 pm.


When until February 28
Where ARTIS-Micropia
The lab talk at 1 and 4 pm. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 pm as well.