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Phage therapy keeps a fatal bacterial infection under control

08-May-2019

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Phage therapy saves a girl with cystic fibrosis from a deadly Mycobacterium abscessus infection.

Gives hope to the fight against superbugs and revives scientific interest in bacteriophages.

Bacteriophages are naturally occurring viruses that infect bacteria.

Injects it’s genome into the bacteria, takes control and produces more bacteriophages that burst out of the bacteria.

Can be used to fight bacteria that are difficult to treat and resistant to antibiotics.

Needs to find the precise bacteriophage that can infect the target bacteria.

Clinical trials are then needed to determine how effective the treatment is.

Conducted by Great Ormond Street Hospital, published in Nature Medicine.

Could be used to treat drug resistant bacterial infections in the future

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Academic

Professor of Biological Sciences and Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Health Organisation

Children's hospital for special care.

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Lung Transplant and Respiratory Paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

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Scientific Journal providing information from all areas of medicine.