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Bacteriophage


  • Study Sheds Light on Phages and Precision Cell Destruction
    Phage therapy, which exploits the ability of certain viruses to infect and replicate within bacteria, shows promise for treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. But the design of such therapies depends on a solid understanding of how phages do their work. "Phages ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New Modes of Bacteriophage Spread are Discovered
    Bacteriophages (phages) are probably the most abundant entities in nature, often exceeding bacterial densities by an order of magnitude. As viral predators of bacteria, phages have a major impact on bacterial communities by reducing some bacteria and enabling others to ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Canadian Researchers Develop a Microresonator Array to Detect Specific Pathogens
    Bacterial pathogens pose serious health risks, especially for infants, young children, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The evolution of drug-resistant bacteria is particularly concerning in the fight against disease. A research team in Canada is exploring ...More
    November 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • Fundamental Action Mechanisms of Phage Therapy are Revealed
    In an article published in PLoS Genetics on July 5, scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the Belgian-based Université catholique de Louvain identify for the first time the genetic and metabolic mechanisms underpinning the therapeutic action of a bacteriophage ...More
    July 11, 2016 Posted in News
  • Bacteriophage 'Cocktail' Shows Significant Promise for Clostridium difficile Infections
    A new University of Leicester study has confirmed the therapeutic potential of bacteriophage combinations to treat highly infectious bacteria C. difficile infections (CDI) while retaining a healthy gut. A team led by Martha Clokie, professor of microbiology at the ...More
    June 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • Phage 'Fishing' Yields New Weapon Against Antibiotic Resistance
    Yale researchers were fishing for a new weapon against antibiotic resistance and found one floating in a Connecticut pond, they report May 26, 2016 in the journal Scientific Reports. The virus called a bacteriophage, found in Dodge Pond in East Lyme, attacks a common ...More
    May 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Vast Diversity Among Viruses That Infect Bacteria
    Viruses that infect bacteria are among the most abundant life forms on Earth. Our oceans and soils, and potentially even our own bodies, would be overrun with bacteria were it not for bacteria-eating viruses--called bacteriophages--that keep the microbial balance in check. ...More
    March 24, 2016 Posted in News
  • Electrically Induced Arrangement Improves Bacteria Detectors
    Viruses that attack bacteria -- bacteriophages -- can be fussy: they only inject their genetic material into the bacteria that suit them. The fussiness of bacteriophages can be exploited in order to detect specific species of bacteria. Scientists from Warsaw have just ...More
    December 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacteriophage Treatment Decontaminates Infant Formula
    A phage -- viruses that infect only bacteria -- showed strong antimicrobial activity against a type of food-borne bacterium that often kills infants after infecting them via infant formula. The research was published Oct. 23 online in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ...More
    October 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Use Bacteriophages to Treat MRSA
    Senior molecular biology major Jacob Hatch knows MRSA as the infection that took his dad's leg. Hatch was thousands of miles away on an LDS (Mormon) mission when methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus decalcified the bones in his dad's foot and lower leg, leading to an ...More
    September 14, 2015 Posted in News
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