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MOSTLY MICROBES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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Phage therapies for superbug infections are being tested in Belgium

The use of #phages to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections is starting in Belgium. Over 100 people have now been given #phage therapies there, thanks to a regulatory system that makes it easier for doctors to prescribe them. The use of bacteria-killing viruses known as phages to treat antibiotic-resistant infections is starting to take off in Belgium. More than 100 people have now been given phage therapies there, thanks to a regulatory system that makes it easier

Researchers rewire the genetics of E. coli, make it virus-proof

#genomics #microbiology #biology #bacteriophage #phage #syntheticbiology Scientists created a synthetic genome for a bacterium that made the microbe immune to viral infection. When exposed to a cocktail of bacteriophages, the designer Escherichia coli remained unscathed. An unmodified version of the bacterium quickly died. Many of the fundamental features of life don't necessarily have to be the way they are. Chance plays a major role in evolution, and there are always altern

When a Virus Is the Cure

In the past five years, bacteriophage research has accelerated, with a proliferation of publications, conferences, and pharmaceutical-company investment. This enthusiasm reflects the ever-growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a dearth of new antibiotics available to fight them. #bacteriophage #phage #microbiology #antibiotics #antibioticresistance https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/21/when-a-virus-is-the-cure

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