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Viruses Vs. Superbugs: A Solution to the Antibiotics Crisis?

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In the US alone some 90,000 people die from superbugs; bacteria that have grown immune to antibiotics. Officials agree that this problem will only get worse with time and new alternatives must be found. One alternative that is being considered by scientists is a kind of virus called a bacteriophage. "Phages" (viruses that kill bacteria but not humans) were discovered in 1915. Phage therapy was successfully used for twenty years before the invention of penicillin made them obsolete everywhere but Eastern Europe, where they are still in use today. In its first English translation, this book tells the fascinating story behind the history of the phage, its discovery and development, as well as the strides that are being made to bring the therapy back to the West today.

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A new look at the old drugs that could help with the antibiotic crisis

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In the US alone some 90,000 people die from superbugs--bacteria that have grown immune to antibiotics. Officials agree that this problem will only get worse with time and new alternatives must be found. One alternative that is being considered by scientists is a kind of virus called a bacteriophage. "Phages"--viruses that kill bacteria but not humans--were discovered in 1915. Phage therapy was successfully used for twenty years before the invention of penicillin made them obsolete everywhere but Eastern Europe, where they are still in use today. In its first English translation, this book tells the fascinating story behind the history of the phage, its discovery and development, as well as the strides that are being made to bring the therapy back to the West today.

About the Author

Thomas Häusler is chief science editor of the Swiss news magazine Facts and has won several awards for his journalistic work. He lives in Switzerland.

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ISBN:
9780230551930
Author:
Häusler, Thomas
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Translator:
Leube, Karen
Author:
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Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Chemistry - Organic
Subject:
Immunology
Subject:
Bacterial diseases - Alternative treatment
Subject:
Bacterial diseases -- Treatment.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.70x5.00x.70 in. .65 lbs.

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In the US alone some 90,000 people die from superbugs--bacteria that have grown immune to antibiotics. Officials agree that this problem will only get worse with time and new alternatives must be found. One alternative that is being considered by scientists is a kind of virus called a bacteriophage. "Phages"--viruses that kill bacteria but not humans--were discovered in 1915. Phage therapy was successfully used for twenty years before the invention of penicillin made them obsolete everywhere but Eastern Europe, where they are still in use today. In its first English translation, this book tells the fascinating story behind the history of the phage, its discovery and development, as well as the strides that are being made to bring the therapy back to the West today.

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