Are Phages Overlooked Mediators of Health and Disease?
Are Phages Overlooked Mediators of Health and Disease?
Bacteria-infecting viruses affect the composition and behavior of microbes in the mammalian gut—and perhaps influence human biology.
Are Phages Overlooked Mediators of Health and Disease?
Are Phages Overlooked Mediators of Health and Disease?

Bacteria-infecting viruses affect the composition and behavior of microbes in the mammalian gut—and perhaps influence human biology.

Bacteria-infecting viruses affect the composition and behavior of microbes in the mammalian gut—and perhaps influence human biology.

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Infographic: Trans-kingdom Interactions in the Gut
Infographic: Trans-kingdom Interactions in the Gut
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021
Phages interact with bacteria and eukaryotic cells in ways that researchers suspect influence mammalian health.
Human Gut Virome Is Stable and Person-Specific
Human Gut Virome Is Stable and Person-Specific
Abby Olena | Oct 10, 2019
Most of the viruses present in people’s guts are bacteriophages, but how they interact with resident bacteria is still an open question.
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Abby Olena | Feb 2, 2018
In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 
Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate
Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate
Stephan Guttinger | Jun 6, 2017
Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 7, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
Viruses of the Human Body
Viruses of the Human Body
Eric Delwart | Nov 1, 2016
Some of our resident viruses may be beneficial.
The Human Virome
The Human Virome
Eric Delwart | Oct 31, 2016
Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.
A Lifetime of Viruses
A Lifetime of Viruses
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 4, 2015
Scientists devise an antibody-based test that can generate a person’s complete “viral history” with just one drop of blood.
Viral Virtuosos
Viral Virtuosos
Christopher S. Sullivan | Feb 1, 2015
New understanding of noncoding RNAs may solve a long-standing puzzle about how viruses orchestrate lifelong infections.