Bacteria-Killing Phages Could Be an Alternative to Antibiotics

A scientific renaissance for phage therapy, virtually unheard of in the West, is underway.

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It was a guerrilla assault worthy of the takedown of Osama bin Laden. But in this case, the assassins were intrepid viral invaders. In Andrew Camilli’s molecular biology lab at Tufts University in Boston, researchers found the telltale footprints of a startling attack against cholera, a deadly bacterial disease. They were analyzing the DNA sequences of tiny viruses called bacteriophages (literally, “bacteria eaters”) lurking in the stool samples of cholera patients. The phages&...
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