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Develop Viruses to Fight Resistant Bacteria

We have been throwing antibiotics at bacteria for several decades in an attempt to control and ultimately kill them. Our actions have generated an evolutionary paradise within bacteria for independent genetic elements that pick up antibiotic-resistant genes that then hop between different bacterial cells.

So far we have only seen the nasty side of bacterial evolution, but in biology things are rarely black and white. Evolution can also work for us.

Viruses are hitchhikers that have learned to exploit vulnerabilities in cellular organisms in order to excel in their parasitic way of life. We could use viruses in our evolutionary struggle against resistant bacterial cells.

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