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Viruses 2018, 10(4), 209; https://doi.org/10.3390/v10040209

Phages Make for Jolly Good Stories

Swiss Public Radio SRF, Redaktion Wissenschaft, Studio Basel, Novarastrasse 2, 4059 Basel, Switzerland
Received: 12 March 2018 / Revised: 15 April 2018 / Accepted: 19 April 2018 / Published: 20 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hurdles for Phage Therapy (PT) to Become a Reality)
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Phage therapy has an intriguing history. It was widely used from the 1920s until the 1940s. After this period, it was nearly completely forgotten in the Western world, while it continued to be used in the Soviet part of the globe. The study of the history of phage therapy provides valuable input into the present development of the field. Science journalists uncovered much of this history and played an important role in the communication of phage therapy after the fall of the Soviet Union, when it came to the attention of Western researchers and doctors. This interest was fueled by the antibiotic resistance crisis. At this time, communication about phage therapy had a wide potential audience, that encompassed medical experts and researchers, as well as the public, because knowledge about this forgotten therapy was very limited. In such a situation, good communication had and still has the potential to catalyze important discussions among different groups; whereas, bad communication could have considerably hindered and still can hinder the possible renaissance of phage therapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: phage therapy; history of science; science communication phage therapy; history of science; science communication
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