Opinion | Phage therapy could arm the world against superbugs
A phage is a kind of virus that can enter a bacterium, multiply, and thus kill its host from within
I have written in this column before about the use of big data techniques to find a new class of antibiotics that can deal with superbugs. Superbugs are bacteria that have become immune to existing antibiotics. The over-prescription of antibiotics and their wide use in poultry, fish, and meat farms means that bacteria have had a chance to mutate and become resistant to many antibiotics. To add to this, we are using old ammunition. The last useful class of antibiotics now in use, fluoroquinolone, was discovered in 1962, about 60 years ago.