Welcome to Good Weekend Talks, a weekly opportunity for our audience to luxuriate in a long-form story from the magazine, read by an actor and followed by a discussion with the writer, an editor and an expert.
In this episode, we listen to a July 2019 cover story written by Good Weekend’s Konrad Marshall – Stigma, isolation: the flesh-eating ulcer infecting hundreds more Victorians each year – that investigates the flesh-eating bacteria known as Buruli ulcer, which is causing horrific wounds among local communities in Victoria’s coastal towns. The feature article was short-listed for this year’s UNSW Press Bragg prize for science writing.
Marshall is then joined in conversation by the Doherty Institute’s Professor Tim Stinear, a world expert on the ulcer, and Good Weekend associate editor Greg Callaghan, to discuss the origins of Mycobacterium ulcerans and how this “zoonosis” – an infection in animals that spreads to humans – is thought to have come from the humble ringtail possum.
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