A viral solution for bacteria

In the previous article (MO, 15 April), the ‘gathering storm’ of antibiotic resistance was discussed, as was the inadequate pipeline of new antibiotics. One initiative to combat this will be to revisit the agents of an old non-antibiotic therapy — bacteriophages.

Every organism has a predator. The main predators of bacteria are bacteriophages, which, simply put, are viruses that infect bacteria (‘phage’ = eat). The most famous bacteriophage is that which targets E. coli, which has been used