I should request other people write my posts more often! Back in November, I wrote a post about a novel type of antibiotics made from naturally occuring antimicrobial peptides that are produced by a wide variety of organisms, including humans. In that post, I referenced something called “phage therapy,” which is another somewhat “outside of the box” idea for treating bacterial infections. Now, Mike the Mad Biologist has an excellent post providing more information on phage therapy and its possibility as another potential weapon in our antibiotic arsenal:
“Phage therapy” is short for bacteriophage therapy. Bacteriophage are viruses that kill bacteria (literally, “bacteria devourers”). The basic concept of phage therapy is to introduce the phage into an infected patient. The phage infect the bacterium–an infection of an infection! Then the phage multiply within the bacterium, lyse (explode from the inside) the host bacterium and move onto the next bacterium. Essentially, you have a self-manufacturing antibiotic.
Check it out for the rest of the phage-y (a highly technical term) goodness.
Now I just need to get someone to finish up my manuscripts…