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Bacteriophages: The Enemies of Bad Bacteria Are Our Friends!

Authors
  • Gutiérrez, Diana1
  • Fernández, Lucía1
  • Martínez, Beatriz1
  • Rodríguez, Ana1
  • García, Pilar1
  • 1 DairySafe Group, Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias (IPLA), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Villaviciosa , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Dec 23, 2016
Volume
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2016.00030
Source
Frontiers
Disciplines
  • Health
  • Core Concept
License
Green

Abstract

Some bacteria can enter the human body and make people ill. Usually, these diseases can be cured by antibiotics, but sometimes bacteria are resistant to them, meaning that the antibiotics do not kill the bacteria. In these cases, bacteria become very dangerous. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria but are harmless to humans. To reproduce, they get into a bacterium, where they multiply, and finally they break the bacterial cell open to release the new viruses. Therefore, bacteriophages kill bacteria. Here, we explain how bacteriophages can be used to treat infectious diseases or to remove bacteria from other places where they are unwanted.

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