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Can Viruses Treat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Neutrophil and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococccus aureus (MRSA) Bacteria Neutrophil and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococccus aureus (MRSA) Bacteria (NIAID/flickr)

Antibiotic resistant bacteria is on the rise. As a possible solution, researchers are looking toward a century-old treatment using viruses to kill bacteria. Sara Reardon talks about how and why the Soviet Union invested heavily in the use of the viruses, called bacteriophages, to treat infections. She wrote about renewed western interest in bacteriophages in her article "Phage Therapy Gets Revitalized" in Nature.

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Sara Reardon

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Comments [1]

tom LI

Crazy idea, how 'bout Americans use less antibiotics? Crazy right? Use less of something, instead of adding to the chemical stew the Pharma and American Medical machinery is feeding so many for everything they dont need them for..!

Zeus forbid we dont add yet more drugs, chemicals, foreign substances to the American diet of Rx drugs, and OTC ointments that feed nothing but a collective bacterial paranoia!

Jun. 26 2014 06:28 PM

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