The discovery of antibiotics is one of the greatest achievements of science in the early twentieth century. But as it turned out, scientists underestimated the ability of pathogens and viruses to adapt to them. As a result, according to the scientific community, now the glorious epoch of antibiotics is coming to an end.
To solve the problem of resistant microorganisms, George Mason University scientists are studying the possibility of replacing antibiotics … with viruses. The fact is that most viruses are completely harmless to humans, and bacteriophage viruses completely destroy pathogenic bacteria, which makes them an ideal means of fighting infections.
The most important advantage of bacteriophages is the absence of side effects. This “sin” many antibiotics, killing in the body and the “bad” and “good” bacteria that are necessary for humans to exist. In this sense, bacteriophages act exclusively selectively, destroying only the bacteria that cause infections.
The results of studies show that treatment with specialized viruses can be more effective than antibiotics: the infected doctor will prescribe an injection of an appropriate bacteriophage that will destroy the aggressor virus without damaging the microflora of the organism.
However, it is too early to talk about the rapid clinical use of bacteriophages. Studies are at an early stage and it will be a long time before clinical trials .