Can Viruses Treat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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.