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Bacteriophages: Not Just Bacteria Killers, but Essential Resources for Mammalian Cells

A recent study from Monash University highlights the potential symbiotic relationship between bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, and mammalian cells. While bacteriophages are known for killing bacteria, they were found to be internalized by mammalian cells, promoting cellular growth and survival through specific signaling pathways. This discovery could have significant implications for fields like immunology, phage therapy, microbiome research and human health, especially in the context of combating antibiotic-resistant infections.

Lead author Dr. Jeremy Barr joined Technology Networks in an exclusive interview to discuss the findings of their study and how it may influence the development and application of phage therapy.