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18-10-2016, 11:55 AM
Using viruses to treat MRSA infections
Research into using bacteriophage therapy to fight bacterial infections has been going on for decades. It has received a lot of attention from researchers recently due to the rise of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Some of the research looks very promising.

Quote:Phages are viruses that seek out, infect and kill bacteria. BYU researchers have successfully used them to save beehives from American foulbrood, and now they are harnessing their abilities to find MRSA and eliminate it.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/...091415.php

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18-10-2016, 12:11 PM
RE: Using viruses to treat MRSA infections
Coincidentally it's just been annnouncedvthat Tasmanian Devils have anti-bacterial proteins in their milk that may offer another new route to fighting resistant gugs.

Other marsupials are also being checked. Seems the pouch is actually a pretty nasty place bug and fungus wise and the not-far-off-fetuses need all the protection they can get.

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18-10-2016, 02:04 PM
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I saw that yesterday too, but thought this was more interesting because of the possibility of designing the viruses so that they would only attack a single species of bacteria.

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18-10-2016, 02:10 PM
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Good point, Pappy.

Genetic and molecular engingeering has advanced just a little since I first remember hearing about phages. Smile

But having a second strings to the bow is always nice!

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18-10-2016, 04:46 PM
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Bugs to eat bugs. Works for me! Just like predatory nematodes for termites. A whole lot less damaging to us and the environment.
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25-10-2016, 07:38 AM
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It might work in vitro, but adapting the technology to a clinical setting is going to be difficult at best. Forcing the immune system into NOT eliminating the viruses while still fighting the MRSA, and getting the phages to migrate to the infected location, for example, (it's already difficult enough to get antibiotics to the central nervous system, the bone marrow or an abscess, let alone a larger and more immunogenic particle) not to mention the bacteria can mutate to modify the proteins phages recognize them by. We'll sooner find new classes of antibiotics, as said above.
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