Politics & Government

January 10, 2008

Scientists explore using viruses to combat germs

Silently, invisibly, vast miniature armies are waging a fight to the death on land and sea. The defenders are bacteria, the one-celled microbes that infest every cranny on Earth, from the seafloor to garden soil to the human gut. The aggressors are a class of viruses known as bacteriophages — literally ``bacteria-eaters'' — that happily slaughter their far bigger foes.

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