Phage 'fishing' yields new weapon against antibiotic resistance

Phages hold promise for combating bacterial pathogens that cause economic losses in plant and animal ag and for protecting human health.

Researchers at Yale University were fishing for a new weapon against antibiotic resistance and found one floating in a Connecticut pond, according to a May 26 report in the journal Scientific Reports.

They found a virus called a bacteriophage in Dodge Pond in East Lyme, Conn., that attacks Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common, multi-drug-resistant bacterial pathogen.

In an evolutionary trick, the virus attaches to the cell membrane where bacteria pump out antib

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