Bactriophage therapy

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  1. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Correction: OP Title should read Bacteriophage Therapy (sloppy..

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    Does anyone have any new information about phage therapy and if they can be employed against other viruses.

    Phage therapy: An alternative to antibiotics in the age of multi-drug resistance

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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5547374/

    The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage


    Can they be designed against other viruses?
     
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  3. Hercules Rockefeller Beatings will continue until morale improves. Moderator

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    “Other” viruses? I think you’re getting a little confused. They don’t work against any viruses. Bacteriophage are viruses. They use bacteria as hosts.
     
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  5. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Not so fast, I did a little checking and apparently there are "virophages" which prey on larger viruses.
    i.e. piggy-back viruses.
    Virophage

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    Sputnik virophage
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virophage#
     
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  7. Hercules Rockefeller Beatings will continue until morale improves. Moderator

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    Oh, okay. You did specifically mention bacteriophage, so we'll call it a tie.

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