The Phage Phase-In

Nicole Stringer takes 100 daily pills a day to treat cystic fibrosis—and that’s just part of her routine. She also suffers from an antibiotic-resistant superbug.
 
Her best hope: natural killers drawn from municipal sewage.
 
Found wherever there’s bacteria, phages are “viral smart bombs” that infiltrate bugs and reproduce until the bacteria blow up.
 
The approach first made waves in Canada a century ago, but took a back seat to antibiotics. As antibiotic resistance soars, researchers are growing their phage collections and looking to double down on research .
 
There have been promising results, but the approach “needs its fair shake, and it hasn’t gotten it yet.”
 
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