The lambda phage prefers to destroy E. coli bacteria, which makes it a prime target for researchers. Dr. Lanying Zeng, left, and her graduate student Jimmy Trinh developed a four-color fluorescence reporter system to track it at the single-virus level. Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kathleen Phillips
The lambda phage prefers to destroy E. coli bacteria, which makes it a prime target for researchers. Dr. Lanying Zeng, left, and her graduate student Jimmy Trinh developed a four-color fluorescence reporter system to track it at the single-virus level.

Phage's decision-making process could lead to new treatments

Texas A&M AgriLife Research team discovers how lambda phage decides what actions to take in its E. coli host bacteria.

Even the tiniest viruses face hundreds of decisions every day, and scientists are researching how viruses make their decisions to help lead to better treatments for some diseases.

In a study published Feb. 6 in the journal Nature Communications, Dr. Lanying Zeng and her team at Texas A&M AgriLife Research discovered how the lambda phage decides what actions to take in its host, Escherichia coli bacteria.

A phage is a virus that infects and replicates with

All access premium subscription

This content requires a subscription to Feedstuffs in order to access. If you are a paid subscriber, use your email and password to Log In now.


Current Feedstuffs Subscribers: Online and mobile access are now included at no charge to you. To read this article, use your subscriber email and password to log-in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account.)


Not Currently a Subscriber: Subscribe NOW to Feedstuffs and receive our print and/or digital publications, enewsletters and premium online content. Visit Feedstuffs.com and click on Subscribe at the top of the page for more information.


SUBSCRIBE NOW https://circulation.feedstuffs.com/Publications.aspx


TO RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION https://circulation.feedstuffs.com/SubscriptionOffers.aspx


Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish