Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages

Viruses sense chemical signals left behind by their forebears so they can decide whether to kill or just to infect their hosts. The discovery — in viruses that attack Bacillus bacteria — marks the first time that any type of viral communication system has ever been found. But researchers say that many other viruses could communicate with…

Antibiotics crisis: is phage therapy the answer?

It’s been used in the former USSR for a century. Now the West is taking notice  Bacteriophage – or ‘phage’ for short – is a virus that infects bacteria. These naturally occurring infective agents contaminate bacteria and replicate once within. They are everywhere – including all over our bodies where they outnumber bacteria 10 to…