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Rangsit Journal of Arts and Sciences. Vol.1 No.2 , July - December 2011.

An alternative to conventional treatments for bacterial infection

Tirasak Pasharawipas

Abstract

          While the concept of phage therapy to control bacterial infection and contamination was conceived almost a century ago, it has now become more important to understand the concept of phage therapy since drug resistant bacteria have become more common and the development of new antibiotics has become more difficult. Phage therapy studies have produced both positive and negative results. This article presents the fundamental knowledge of phage infection in bacterial cells and extends it to phage therapy. This article will present and discuss the major issues concerning advantages and disadvantages of phage therapy as an alternative to using antibiotic treatment of bacterial infection and contamination.

Keywords: bacteriophage, bacterial host, phage therapy, drug resistance bacteria

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