News FocusBACTERIOPHAGE THERAPY

Stalin's Forgotten Cure

Science  25 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5594, pp. 728-731
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5594.728

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TBILISI-- Bacteriophage therapy, pioneered in Stalin-era Russia, is attracting renewed attention in the West as a potential weapon against drug-resistant bugs and hard-to-treat infections. Phages--viruses that infect bacteria--could soon find a role as a treatment for burns, diabetic ulcers, and other open wounds, although experts concur that these viral breeds are unlikely to knock antibiotics off their pedestal for most infections.

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