the forgotten cure the past and future of phage therapy

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The Forgotten Cure

Author : Anna Kuchment
ISBN : 9781461402503
Genre : Medical
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Traces the story of bacteriophages from Paris, where they were discovered in 1917, through breakthroughs stemming from phage research, to today's resurgent research, spearheaded by biotech startups and physicians.

Viruses Vs Superbugs

Author : T. Häusler
ISBN : 9780230552289
Genre : Science
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Each year thousands of people die from bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Alternative drugs are urgently needed. A surprising ray of hope from the past are viruses that kill bacteria, but not us. Award-winning science journalist Thomas Häusler investigates how these long-forgotten cures may help sick people today.

Phage

Author : Mark Tamplin
ISBN : 9780692519264
Genre : Fiction
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Before you stabbed your fork into your salad, did you consider a menacing drone could have flown over the lettuce field? Should our vegetable fields be NO-DRONE ZONES? Mark Tamplin, pathogen expert and international best-selling author of Phage, exposes the soft underbelly of our nation’s biodefense system, revealing vulnerabilities when the bio-terrorist comes from within the government institutions meant to keep us safe. In Phage, Dr. Sam Townsend faces the greatest challenge of his career, preventing a deranged government scientist from unleashing a genetically-engineered pathogen on the USA population.

Last Help Phage Therapy

Author : Paul Enders
ISBN : 1534629289
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When the first antibiotic was discovered, it revolutionized medicine, and in many ways, the world. Illnesses that had previously decimated countless suddenly had a treatment, and those antibiotics were used judiciously - and have been ever since. Our Modern Medicine is so inundated with antibiotics that the bacteria and micro-organisms they were first created to destroy have found their own defense, a resistance to these duper drugs that have made them super bugs... and we need a way to fight back. While many look to the future creation of new, stronger antibiotics, the answer may very well lie in our own medical past. In 1915, two enterprising scientists discovered that bacteriophages were present in the stools and bodies of sick patients right before they began to recover. When they found that bacteriophages were also present wherever bacteria grew, it prompted a new line of thought - and the formation of Phage Therapy. This insightful and scientifically accurate book takes us on a journey 100 + years in the making, from the very beginnings of Phage Therapy, through its many varieties and applications and then on to the future of this medical practice - and how the medical breakthrough we have all been waiting for may have already happened.

Natural Defense

Author : Emily Monosson
ISBN : 9781610917186
Genre : Political Science
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We rely on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farm fields free from bugs and weeds. While human and agricultural health are rarely considered together, both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides. Fortunately scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. There are viruses that bust apart bacteria; insect pheromones that throw crop destroying moths into a misguided sexual frenzy; plant genes edited to protect against disease; and a resurgence of the ancient practice of fecal transplants. In this hopeful book, Monosson offers a fascinating look into the future of natural defenses.

Infectious Madness

Author : Harriet A. Washington
ISBN : 9780316277792
Genre : Medical
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"Fascinating...A superb book."--Robert Sapolsky, Stanford professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery and author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers What causes mental illness? We've long blamed stress, trauma, and brain-chemistry imbalances. But a new theory is quietly achieving critical mass. In INFECTIOUS MADNESS, award-winning science writer Harriet Washington reveals that schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer's, and anorexia also may be caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. Weaving together cutting-edge research and case studies, INFECTIOUS MADNESS shows how strep throat can trigger rapid-onset OCD in a formerly healthy teen and how contact with cat litter elevates the risk of schizophrenia. Featuring a new afterword by the author, and rich in science, medical mysteries, cultural nuance, and evidence-based recommendations, INFECTIOUS MADNESS pulls back the curtain on a new paradigm with profound implications for us all.

Phage Therapy

Author : Ryszard Miedzybrodzki Jan Borysowski
ISBN : 9781908230744
Genre : Medical
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The emergence of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics has become a serious threat to public health and is considered one of the greatest challenges for contemporary medicine. Phage therapy, the use of bacteriophages as anti-bacterial agents, may offer an alternative treatment for bacterial infections. Phages have many potential applications in human medicine as well as dentistry, veterinary science, agriculture and food protection.Written by internationally recognized experts from leading world centres involved in phage research and phage therapy, this book provides comprehensive coverage of the topic with a focus on current research and emerging applications. The book opens with chapters covering the general characteristics of bacteriophages and the basic concepts of phage therapy. Further topics include the pharmacology of phage therapy, bacterial resistance, non-bactericidal effects of phages, main applications of bacteriophages in clinical medicine, plant pathosystems, animal production, food protection, and biofilm control, as well as regulatory and intellectual property aspects of phage therapy. Although the book focuses on applications of virulent bacteriophages, it also discusses genetically-engineered phages, phages as delivery vehicles for other antimicrobials, as well as phage lysins. This volume is an essential reference for anyone interested in phage therapy and a highly recommended book for everyone working in the areas of antibacterial resistance, antimicrobial development, bacteriophage research, biocontrol and biodetection.

Thinking Like A Phage

Author : Merry Youle
ISBN : 0990494314
Genre : Bacteriophages
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Phages are the most numerous life forms on Earth. Nevertheless, many people remain unaware of this dynamic, invisible world, and likewise of the challenges expertly met by every successful phage. This engaging book relates the ingenious tactics of 21 featured phages as they go about their viral work and replicate inside microbial cells.

Viruses And Man A History Of Interactions

Author : Milton W. Taylor
ISBN : 9783319077581
Genre : Medical
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Milton Taylor, Indiana University, offers an easy-to-read and fascinating text describing the impact of viruses on human society. The book starts with an analysis of the profound effect that viral epidemics had on world history resulting in demographic upheavals by destroying total populations. It also provides a brief history of virology and immunology. Furthermore, the use of viruses for the treatment of cancer (viral oncolysis or virotherapy) and bacterial diseases (phage therapy) and as vectors in gene therapy is discussed in detail. Several chapters focus on viral diseases such as smallpox, influenza, polio, hepatitis and their control, as well as on HIV and AIDS and on some emerging viruses with an interesting story attached to their discovery or vaccine development. The book closes with a chapter on biological weapons. It will serve as an invaluable source of information for beginners in the field of virology as well as for experienced virologists, other academics, students, and readers without prior knowledge of virology or molecular biology.

A Planet Of Viruses

Author : Carl Zimmer
ISBN : 9780226320267
Genre : Science
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The past year has been one of viral panic—panic about viruses, that is. Through headlines, public health warnings, and at least one homemade hazmat suit, we were reminded of the powerful force of viruses. They are the smallest living things known to science, yet they can hold the entire planet in their sway. A Planet of Viruses is Carl Zimmer’s eye-opening look at the hidden world of viruses. Zimmer, the popular science writer and author of National Geographic’s award-winning blog The Loom, has updated this edition to include the stories of new outbreaks, such as Ebola, MERS, and chikungunya virus; new scientific discoveries, such as a hundred-million-year-old virus that infected the common ancestor of armadillos, elephants, and humans; and new findings that show why climate change may lead to even deadlier outbreaks. Zimmer’s lucid explanations and fascinating stories demonstrate how deeply humans and viruses are intertwined. Viruses helped give rise to the first life-forms, are responsible for many of our most devastating diseases, and will continue to control our fate for centuries. Thoroughly readable, and as reassuring as it is frightening, A Planet of Viruses is a fascinating tour of a formidable hidden world.

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