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Predator-Producing Bacteria May Be Battling in Human Intestines

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Overstressed, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Overstressed

    Overstressed Senior Member

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    This one's especially for Alex:

    Dec. 11, 2012 — Unique viruses called bacteriophages may play an important role in competition among bacterial strains, influencing the overall ecosystem of the human intestine, scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical Center say.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121211193514.htm

    Personal note: The next step will probably be discovering other bacteriophages and disease they cause.

    Best wishes,
    OS(living with predators in the gut?).
     
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  2. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

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    I have been arguing that bacteriophages might be important for a long time. If our gut bacteria are sick, what happens to our gut? Also mitochondria are very similar to bacteria, and might (or might not) be vulnerable to bacteriophages. Thanks for posting this, Overstressed.

    The other issue is of course the use of phages as therapy, which is mentioned in the article. Russian scientists have been talking about this for decades.

    Bye, Alex
     
  3. Nielk

    Nielk

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    What is phage therapy?
     
  4. *GG*

    *GG* Senior Member

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    I believe it is the use of Viruses to combat bacteria.

    GG
     

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