Women’s wee could hold the key to tack­ling an­tibi­otic-re­sis­tance bac­te­ria

OH, NO, YOU’RE JUST TAK­ING THE PISS, RIGHT?

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Re­searchers at Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago have found a plethora of never-be­fore-seen viruses deep in the re­cesses of a woman’s blad­der, that could be used to fight an­tibi­otic-re­sis­tant bac­te­ria. These bac­te­rio­phages — bac­te­ria-in­fect­ing viruses — have been listed and de­scribed in ‘the Jour­nal of Bac­te­ri­ol­ogy’, and this rich tin­kling hoard could be used to com­bat bac­te­rial in­fec­tions. Phages ex­clu­sively only in­fect bac­te­ria, with each phage species able to at­tack only a few types of bac­te­ria, by tak­ing over bac­te­rial DNA. Un­for­tu­nately, sci­en­tists still don’t know enough to use these viruses safely and ef­fec­tively. The re­searchers are cur­rently study­ing the in­di­vid­ual viruses to find out which ones could be put to good use.

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