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The Good Virus review: Could viruses cure deadly infections?

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The Good Virus review: Could viruses cure deadly infections?


Bacteriophage viruses attacking an E. coli bacterium

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The Good Virus
Tom Ireland (Hodder & Stoughton)

EVERY so often I remember that I should be scared, not just of climate change and creeping authoritarianism, but also of antibiotic resistance. As bacteria acquire the ability to fend off ever more antibiotics, we risk returning to a time when a simple bacterial infection could mean death.

To tackle the threat, some researchers are developing new antibiotics to replace the old ones that no longer work. It is expensive and time-consuming. What if there was …



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