Strange Medicine

February 27, 2015

(The Economist) – Phage therapy, as this practice is known, fell out of favour in the West after the development of antibiotics, although it continued in parts of the old Soviet sphere of influence. (These days, research is still carried out in Georgia and Poland). But antibiotics are faltering as resistant strains of germ evolve. Some Western researchers are therefore looking afresh at phages, hoping, with modern methods, to turn them into tailored treatments for infection.