An Alternative to Antibiotics
What if antibiotics (due to multi-drug resistant pathogens) will no longer work? Viruses may be an alternative – particularly phages. Natural enemies of bacteria, they occur in every environment where bacteria reside, even inside the human body. Félix d’Hérelle discovered their significance as early as 1917: phages exclusively infect bacteria and propagate inside their host cell until it bursts and disappears. At the same time, phages are specialists that only react with specific bacteria. At the present time, they are not approved for therapeutic purposes in Germany. The country of Georgia is considered the global center of phage research; however, pilot studies have now started in Germany, with the Fraunhofer Institute and the Charité participating in “Phage4cure”.