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Planet Earth

Eaters of bacteria: Is phage therapy ready for the big time?

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerMay 20, 2011 8:36 PM


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Viruses that infect bacteria--known as bacteriophages--are the most abundant living things on Earth. (Yeah, that's right. I called viruses living things. You gotta problem with that?) For nearly a century, doctors and scientists have dreamed of using them as medical weapons against the microbes that make us sick. Over at the University of Chicago Press's blog, I discuss the enduring dream of phage therapy with MIT phage engineer Tim Lu, whom I profiled last year for Technology Review. This is my third UCP blog post to celebrate the publication of

A Planet of Viruses

; the next and last will appear next Friday.

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