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What is needed for phage therapy to become a reality in Western medicine?

What is needed for phage therapy to become a reality in Western medicine? | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it

The current status of phage therapy approaches is reviewed and possible hurdles to a practical medical application of bacteriophages in Western countries are identified as discussed at a recent EMBO meeting on “Viruses of Microbes” in Brussels. In view of the growing antibiotic resistance crisis, a coordinated effort by the public health sector is needed to evaluate the potential of phage therapy as an adjunct to antibiotics.

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, May 29, 2013 7:45 AM

 

 I missed this first time around - but it is one of the most-downloaded papers from Virology, so probably well worth a read.Or getting into the field...?
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Virus-like particles speed bacterial evolution : Nature News

Virus-like particles speed bacterial evolution : Nature News | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it

"In the ocean, genes can hop between bacteria with unexpected ease, thanks to strange virus-like particles that shuttle genes from one species to another. These particles, called gene-transfer agents (GTAs), insert DNA into bacterial genomes so frequently that gene transfer in the ocean may occur 1,000 to 100 million times more often than previously thought. This suggests that GTAs have had a powerful role in evolution."

 

Yes, I know it's old, but I missed it, and I have a project on oceanic viromics, so...

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