Biophages May Prove Deadly To ‘Superbugs’
April 23, 2009
UK (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that viruses can prove effective against antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’, which have become a growing health risk over the last few decades.
According to the research done by the University College London Ear Institute, a dose of the newly developed Biophage-PA has proven able to break down the biofilm that protects the bacteria that causes severe ear infections, which are usually resistant to antibiotics.
Targeting cells, this Biophage breaks through that biofilm and eats the cells, eliminating the infection. It is hoped that new uses against other diseases like tuberculosis and salmonella may be crafted from these initial findings.
“There is a lot of anecdotal evidence, but this is the first time it has been tested in a clinical trial to see if it really works,” researcher David Harper explained.
The findings have been provided to the US Army, which is working with the institute to find other uses