Bioengineered virus might enhance efficacy of antibiotics

03/4/2009 | Yahoo!

U.S. scientists developed a bioengineered version of a bacteriophage, a type of virus that can infect bacteria, that they said could prevent bacteria from becoming tolerant to antibiotics. It also might kill drug-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The genetically altered virus works by attacking the defense systems bacteria use when exposed to antibiotics.

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