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Bacteriophages: The Enemies of Our Enemies

... the matter and energy exchange in the Earth’s biosphere. As for humans, since many bacteria are our enemies, it looks reasonable to use phages as an efficient and safe “biological weapon” for eradication or control of hazardous and pathogenic bacteria Bacteriophages (in Greek, those that devour bacteria) or just phages are the viruses able to kill bacteria. According to the latest data, the main role played in nature by these “bacteria killers”, which are the most abundant cell organisms on Earth,...

Modified: 30.08.2014
bacteriophage , lytic phage , bacteria , infection , phage therapy
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Bacteriophages: The Enemies of Our Enemies

... Similar to all viruses, bacteriophages border on the living and the inanimate. Outside the host cells, most bacteriophages exist as virions, objects resembling intricate molecular crystals; they “live their lives,” i. e., they reproduce only in bacterial cells, since the bacteriophage genome is insufficient for autonomous existence. Bacteriophages live in soil (about 10 8 phages per 1 g soil); in rivers, lakes, and oceans (10 6 phages per 1 ml of sea water); and in other living beings (the human gastrointestinal tract ...

Modified: 14.12.2013
bacteriophage , lytic phage , bacteria , infection , phage therapy
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