Reviving Viruses To Thwart AMR

“Antimicrobial resistance is a more immediate threat to human health than climate change,” writes epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee, and it’s worsening with overuse of antibiotics and a lack of alternatives.
 
Phage therapy—using bacteriophages, or viruses that only attack bacteria—was discovered in 1919 by microbiologist Félix d’Hérelle. But finding the right cocktail for specific bacteria was tricky and, once penicillin was discovered, phage therapy was mostly forgotten.
 
Strathdee, director of the new Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics, argues that phage therapy development can’t be overlooked. “We can’t afford to bury a promising alternative to antibiotics for another 100 years.”

Important read: Strathdee helped save her husband's life using phage therapy.
 
The Globe and Mail (opinion)

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