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Bacteriophages: The Enemies of Bad Bacteria Are Our Friends!

AuthorsGutiérrez, Diana ; Fernández, Lucía; Martínez Fernández, Beatriz ; Rodríguez González, Ana ; García Suárez, María Pilar
Issue Date23-Dec-2016
PublisherFrontiers Media
CitationFront. Young Minds. 4: 13 (2016)
AbstractSome bacteria can enter the human body and make people ill. Usually, these diseases can be cured by antibiotics, but sometimes bacteria are resistant to them, meaning that the antibiotics do not kill the bacteria. In these cases, bacteria become very dangerous. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria but are harmless to humans. To reproduce, they get into a bacterium, where they multiply, and finally they break the bacterial cell open to release the new viruses. Therefore, bacteriophages kill bacteria. Here, we explain how bacteriophages can be used to treat infectious diseases or to remove bacteria from other places where they are unwanted.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/frym.2016.00030
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