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A bacteriophage, (informally, phage) is a virus that infects bacteria. The term is derived from “bacteria” and the Greek phagein “to devour.” Phages keep bacteria regulated. They are found everywhere, in the soil, water, and inside animals. One fourth of bacteria in the ocean at any given time are infected with phage.
In response to the emergence of pathogenic bacteria that cannot be treated with current antibiotics, many researchers are revisiting the use of bacteriophages, or phages, to fight multidrug-resistant bacteria. This application is termed “phage therapy”. In this webinar, Dr. Elizabeth Kutter will discuss the use of bacteriophages and its effectiveness as an antibacterial agent. She will discuss the ecology of bacteriophages, the history of its use as an antibacterial agent, and indications for use. Clinical cases will also be presented.
- Define the term “bacteriophage”
- Understand how a bacteriophage reproduces
- Understand the ecology of bacteriophages
- Understand the history of bacteriophages as antibacterial agents
- Know the indications for clinical use
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