jake on 2003.06.30
at 11:35 pm
Used for decades in Eastern Europe and Russia, bacteriophage looks to replace antibiotics. The phage attaches to a specific bacteria and destroys it.
The word bacteriophage comes from bacterium, plus the Greek phagein, to eat. Phages, as they're also called, were never thoroughly studied as therapies in the West, mainly because antibiotics proved to be so effective. But with resistance mounting fast, researchers have begun aggressively studying phage therapy, and the first treatment could enter the Western market as soon as 2004.
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