Antibiotic resistance is threatening to render antibiotics useless, but scientists may have found their answer in bacteria-eating viruses.
The viruses that may save humanity
“A new approach to treating infection cannot come fast enough. For decades, we have relied on antibiotic drugs such as penicillin. Unless you were particularly young, elderly, or physically weak, you didn’t need to fear cuts, bruises, or basic operations. But as these drugs became more and more widespread, bacteria began to evolve new defences against these drugs – and the consequences have become alarming.”
Remember Life Before Antibiotics? No? Wait, It’ll Come to You
“After a century of gains in the war against infectious diseases, we’re losing ground. Common bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi are developing widespread immunity to some of our best weapons. Imagine a world where an uber-resistant staph infection could mean death by a paper cut.”
Phage Renaissance: New Hope against Antibiotic Resistance
“Researchers, too, are looking back to the pre-antibiotic era, but with the goal of resurrecting phages as antidotes for antibiotic resistance and solving medical, agricultural, and environmental problems.”
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