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Introduction

  • D. R. Harper
Living reference work entry

Abstract

As the ongoing crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens to bring an end to the era of the routine control of bacterial diseases, there is great interest in developing other approaches to controlling such infections. One of the oldest of these, the use of bacteriophages (viruses that can target and destroy bacteria) as therapeutic agents, is experiencing a resurgence of interest and is now considered a promising approach to countering AMR. First developed 100 years ago, this approach, known as phage therapy, was set aside in Western Europe and the USA when the use of chemical antibiotics became widespread. Now, the pressing need for new ways to control such resistant bacteria is resulting in progress in developing phage therapy, alongside a range of technologies based around bacteriophages, in medicine, and elsewhere.

Bacteriophages: Biology, Technology, and Therapy is intended to cover all aspects of work with bacteriophages, from basic biology to clinical trials and from early history to nanotechnology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Evolution BiotechnologiesSharnbrookUK

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