Friday, February 8, 2008

Phage Therapy

Cesar Sanchez put together an excellent post on bacteriophage therapy over at Twisted Bacteria. The highlight includes a BBC documentary that I had previously been unaware of.

Phage therapy is the use of the parasites of bacteria to combat bacterial infections. It was once held in high regard, but use declined with the advent of antibiotics. However, now that antibiotic resistant microbes are becoming more common, scientists in the West are re-exploring phage therapies (some in the East never stopped).

I've posted a few times on phage therapy here and here.

Photo: Phi6 infecting Pseudomonas phaseolicola from Dennis Bamford.

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