Bacteriophages: The Biological Antibiotic

Sometimes it seems that the future has always been with us. The new genomic revolution in medical science that we are experiencing is and will give scientists and engineers unparalleled control of biological organisms. One organism which may help revolutionize medicine is the bacteriophage. Basically a bacteria killing machine it has been researched and in use for years in Europe and Russia with considerable success. In 2006 the FDA approved the use of bacteriophages to reduce pathogens in food processing plants by using them to clean surfaces touched by food products. First applications were to be in Europe where use of this organism is more accepted than in the U.S.

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