Bacteriophages: A replacement for antibiotics?

(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — A small-scale preliminary trial concludes that bacteriophages — viruses that infect bacteria — might be a viable replacement for antibiotics in the future.

Although antibiotics have saved countless lives throughout their long history in medicine, they are not without problems.

Antibiotic resistance is a major concern. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) deem it “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.”

Besides the looming terror of resistance, the use of antibiotics brings other concerns.

For instance, although they destroy the bacteria that are causing disease, they also indiscriminately kill other species of bacteria.

It is becoming ever clearer that our gut bacteria are an essential part of our health, and destroying them in huge numbers will have negative consequences. (…)

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