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Antibiotics 2018, 7(3), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics7030066

Bacteriophages: Protagonists of a Post-Antibiotic Era

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Department of Genetics, Universitat de València, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
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Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio), Universitat de València-CSIC, 46980 Paterna, Valencia, Spain
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Received: 12 July 2018 / Revised: 24 July 2018 / Accepted: 25 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bacteriophages: Alternatives to Antibiotics and Beyond)
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Abstract

Despite their long success for more than half a century, antibiotics are currently under the spotlight due to the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria. The development of new alternative treatments is of particular interest in the fight against bacterial resistance. Bacteriophages (phages) are natural killers of bacteria and are an excellent tool due to their specificity and ecological safety. Here, we highlight some of their advantages and drawbacks as potential therapeutic agents. Interestingly, phages are not only attractive from a clinical point of view, but other areas, such as agriculture, food control, or industry, are also areas for their potential application. Therefore, we propose phages as a real alternative to current antibiotics. View Full-Text
Keywords: bacteriophages; phage therapy; antibiotic resistance; phage display; enzybiotics bacteriophages; phage therapy; antibiotic resistance; phage display; enzybiotics
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Domingo-Calap, P.; Delgado-Martínez, J. Bacteriophages: Protagonists of a Post-Antibiotic Era. Antibiotics 2018, 7, 66.

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