Bacteriophages: an appraisal of their role in the treatment of bacterial infections.

  title={Bacteriophages: an appraisal of their role in the treatment of bacterial infections.},
  author={Geoffrey William Hanlon},
  journal={International journal of antimicrobial agents},
  volume={30 2},
Bacteriophages were first used successfully to treat bacterial infections a decade before penicillin was discovered. However, the excitement that greeted those initial successes was short-lived, as a lack of understanding of basic phage biology subsequently led to a catalogue of clinical failures. As a consequence, bacteriophage therapy was largely abandoned in the West in favour of the newly emerging antibiotics. Now, as the problem of antibiotic resistance becomes ever more acute, a number of… CONTINUE READING

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