Phage therapy relies on precise cell destruction

New model provides general biological insights into process bacteriophages use to destroy undesired bacteria such as pathogens or antibiotic-resistant infections.

Phage therapy, which exploits the ability of certain viruses called bacteriophages to infect and replicate within bacteria, shows promise for treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

However, the design of such therapies depends on a solid understanding of how phages do their work.

"Phages can kill the cell immediately, or they can become dormant and kill it later," University of Delaware assistant professor of electrical engineering Abhyudai Singh explained. "

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