Killer Virus to the medical rescue soon?
Microbes are the silent assassins of the human world. They’re everywhere: Scientists have identified microbial DNA of all sorts in our homes and on the subway, from innocuous bugs to scary ones like Legionnaires and plague. But bacteria have to beware their own predators, too: a special class of viruses called phages.
Though they’re the most abundant and diverse organisms on Earth, scientists have had a hard time studying phages, which attack by inserting their genetic material into bacteria. Now, researchers have unearthed 12,500 new viruses in one go—the largest-ever addition to the viral family tree—by mining the genetic sequences of those unsuspecting microbial hosts. And they’re getting ready to add a whole lot more.[more]
Killer Bacteria are a huge problem in hospitals. Finding a virus killer might be our best chance.
See here why.