What comes to mind when you hear the word “bacteria”? Most people, if not all, will answer “disease,” “sickness,” or “bad for the health', however there are actually both good and bad bacteria and some bacterial species are probiotic – bacteria that are helpful to its host.
In fact, bacterial infections can be treated with bacteriophages: viruses that have the ability to infect and fight harmful bacteria, culminating in their destruction. Bacteriophage or phage therapy is therefore very useful in various fields like medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, and even agriculture.
The CellMaker Regular, with its simple air-lift system is ideally suited to the production of bacteriophage for use in animal, pharmaceutical and industrial research in your laboratory.
A range of different bacteria are involved including E. coli, Salmonella, Pseudomonas and Pectobacteria.
A Polish company is going into industrial production of a bacteriophage product for the reduction of Salmonella in chicken flocks.
A French company has been involved with a large European-wide development of a bacteriophage product for the prevention of infection in burns victims.
Fighting and destroying bacterial infections (both in humans and animals) are the primary applications of phage therapy, but it can also be employed for other uses. It can be the key to fighting the NDM-1, a gene that can be included in the DNA of bacteria, enabling them to resistantibiotics.
Waste water from sewage systems are not really considered waste because it is a rich source of phage strains for various kinds of bacteria that lead to the most up-to-date medicines. Skin grafting for extensive wounds, trauma, burns, and skin cancer can also be improved by using phage therapy to lessen the Psuedomonas aeruginosa infection. Some experiments for cells in tissue culture have also discovered anti-tumor agents in phages.
Bacteria causes food to spoil faster, and phages have been studied for their potential to increase the freshness of food and decrease the incidents of food spoilage.