“The Viruses That Could Save Us All” from The Mother Jones Podcast by Mother Jones on Apple Podcasts
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Scientists have long dismissed “phage therapy” as a fringe idea pushed by eccentrics who enjoy fishing in sewage. But now the Navy is betting on it.
Bacteriophages — viruses found in soil, water and human waste — may be the cure in a post-antibiotic world.
bacteriophages, which are bacteria-killing viruses, succeeded where antibiotics failed.
Physicians are turning to phage therapy as a treatment, which is seen as one of the more promising frontiers in the war on superbugs.
Phages are making a comeback.
Inspired by the story of Mallory Smith, a biology grad student and a tech consultant launched a website to make experimental phage therapy more practical.
Dr. Carl Merril was long criticized for pursuing phage therapy to treat dangerous infections. But now the Navy has tapped him to turn phages into drugs.