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Some virusses are nice

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Today it was in the news in the Netherlands that a Dutch guy has been saved in a Belgian hospital. He suffered from multi antibiotic resistant bacteria after

an operation of the intestines. No medication worked and he got into a coma.

 

Then a doctor decided to give him bacteriophages! Virusses that infect and kill bacteria. He is much better now, though still in hospital. Now the articles I found are in Dutch, but here is a similar article. Bacteriophages are fascinating!

http://nautil.us/issue/43/heroes/will-viruses-save-us-from-superbugs

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Fascinating! I think bacteriophages are also believed to help fight cancer, even though research is really just starting.

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