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TitlePhages against infectious diseases
Author(s)Melo, Luís D. R.
Oliveira, Hugo
Santos, Sílvio B.
Sillankorva, Sanna
Azeredo, Joana
Issue date2017
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
CitationMelo, Luís D. R.; Oliveira, Hugo; Santos, Sílvio B.; Sillankorva, Sanna; Azeredo, Joana, Phages Against Infectious Diseases. In Russell Paterson, Nelson Lima, Bioprospecting: Success, Potential and Constraints, Springer International Publishing, 2017. ISBN: 978-3-319-47935-4, 269-294
Abstract(s)(Bacterio)phages (viruses that infect bacteria) are the most abundant entities on earth. Phages are the natural predators of bacteria and therefore have a great antibacterial potential. Immediately after their discovery, in the early twentieth century and before the antibiotic era, they were extensively used to treat infectious diseases. Now, on account of the spread of antibiotic resistance, the interest in phage therapy has been reborn and the recent advances on phage biology and host interactions have reinforced their therapeutic potential. This chapter describes the most important features of phages that make them valuable alternatives to antibiotics in controlling infectious diseases and the challenges that phage therapy is facing for them to be brought into clinical practice.
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