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Phages Treat Gut Inflammation in Mice
Mixtures of viruses that attack inflammatory bowel disease–causing bacteria in mice also survive the digestive tract and are well-tolerated in humans, a study finds.
Phages Treat Gut Inflammation in Mice
Phages Treat Gut Inflammation in Mice

Mixtures of viruses that attack inflammatory bowel disease–causing bacteria in mice also survive the digestive tract and are well-tolerated in humans, a study finds.

Mixtures of viruses that attack inflammatory bowel disease–causing bacteria in mice also survive the digestive tract and are well-tolerated in humans, a study finds.

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Are Phages Overlooked Mediators of Health and Disease?
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021 | 10+ min read
Bacteria-infecting viruses affect the composition and behavior of microbes in the mammalian gut—and perhaps influence human biology.
Infographic: Trans-kingdom Interactions in the Gut
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021 | 1 min read
Phages interact with bacteria and eukaryotic cells in ways that researchers suspect influence mammalian health.
Virus Hunters: Searching for Therapeutic Phages in a Drug Resistant World
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Researchers Jason Gill and Paul Turner will discuss their work on bacteriophage therapy to treat drug resistant bacterial infections.
Retrons Help Bacteria Defend Themselves from Phages: Study
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021 | 2 min read
The mysterious DNA sequences appear to help bacterial cells spot when they’ve been infected with viruses—and prompt those cells to self-destruct.
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Distinct Microbiome and Metabolites Linked with Depression
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Dec 9, 2020 | 4 min read
The gastrointestinal tracts of people with major depressive disorder harbor a signature composition of viruses, bacteria, and their metabolic products, according to the most comprehensive genomic and metabolomic analysis in depression to date.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast – Episode 3
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Tackling Antibiotic Resistance: Viruses to the Rescue
Genetically Modified Viral Cocktail Treats Deadly Bacteria in Teen
Ashley Yeager | May 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Tweaking the genomes of two phages and combining them with a third phage helped to clear a persistent Mycobacterium infection in the patient.
CRISPR Is Overcome When Viruses Gang Up on Bacteria
Kerry Grens | Jul 19, 2018 | 2 min read
Phages that die during bacterial invasion help other viruses defeat the microbes’ immune responses.
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018 | 3 min read
The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017 | 3 min read
Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.
Book Excerpt from Natural Defense
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017 | 3 min read
In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.
Ancient Protein Helps E. coli Thwart Viral Attack
Ashley Yeager | May 9, 2017 | 3 min read
When engineered to use a four-billion-year-old version of the protein thioredoxin, the bacteria can stall bacteriophage replication, a new study shows.
More Anti-CRISPR Proteins to Block Cas9
Kerry Grens | Dec 29, 2016 | 2 min read
The latest CRISPR deactivators to be discovered turn off the Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 widely used in genome editing.
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 14, 2016 | 3 min read
In bacteriophage genomes, researchers find three anti-CRISPR proteins that naturally inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 in one bacterial species and can do the same in human cells. 
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena, PhD | Dec 7, 2016 | 2 min read
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome
Jef Akst | Oct 12, 2016 | 2 min read
In the DNA of the WO phage, which infects arthropod-inhabiting Wolbachia, researchers find sequences related to a black widow spider’s toxin and other animal genes.
Protein or Perish
Ruth Williams | Aug 31, 2016 | 1 min read
A bacteriophage must evolve certain variants of a protein or die.
CRISPR Antidotes Galore
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 13, 2016 | 3 min read
Anti-CRISPR proteins are prevalent in phage genomes and bacterial mobile genetic elements, researchers show.
Timothy Lu: Niche Perfect
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2016 | 2 min read
Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Biological Engineering, MIT. Age: 35
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