Shiga toxin 2-encoding bacteriophages
in human fecal samples from healthy individuals.
The study aims to analyze the different potential uses of bacteriophages
by the health service of the armies and the armies in the areas of detection, biological identification, decontamination, prevention, therapeutics and diagnostics .
The phage, which belongs to the Myoviridae family of bacteriophages
, was able to lyse 28 of 30 E.
Rob Meijers, from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), led the research and believes that the study could have far-reaching implications: "Our findings will help us to engineer effective, specific bacteriophages
, not just for C.
Researchers say the virus has the genetic fingerprint of a bacteriophage
- a type of virus known to infect bacteria.
Ever since the discovery of bacteriophages
in the early 20th century, scientists have understood that, on the principle of the 'enemy of my enemy is my friend,' medical use could be made of phages to fight viruses," lead researcher Dr.
Collectively, the objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of bacteriophages
on growth performance, blood characteristics, relative organ weight, and breast muscle quality and excreta microbial in broiler chicken.
Intralytix is a world leader in the development of bacteriophage
or phage-based products for food safety.
Now that resistance to antibiotics is growing rapidly, interest in bacteriophages
has returned not only in medical areas, but also as both biocontrol and biosensing agents in food production and processing.
Since Biotector uses Bacteriophages
, which are host micro-organisms that act on specific viruses, it selectively destroys pathogenic bacterium leaving the beneficial bacterium and no tolerance or residue in the human body.
This work lays the groundwork for the development of a library of bacteriophages
, each designed to attack different bacterial targets.
This compared with a 50% survival rate for mice treated with natural bacteriophages
and antibiotics, and just 20% for those treated only with antibiotics.
It appears that some foodborne bacteria may be overstaying their welcome in products after viruses called bacteriophages
take up residence inside them and replicate.
The progeny of these bacteriophages
literally kill their bacterial hosts on their way out the cellular door.
Barrow (2001) had previously reported that bacteriophages
have therapeutic value as anti-Salmonella agent in pigs.