Food and Agriculture: Testing Grounds for Phage Therapy

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Science  25 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5594, pp. 730
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5594.730

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Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration aired draft regulations requiring manufacturers to test potential livestock pharmaceuticals for their ability to help pathogens acquire resistance to human drugs. But farmers are concerned that they could be left with fewer weapons to combat food-borne pathogens. Some advocates believe that phages--viruses that attack bacteria--could offer a solution.