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Bacteriophage research – What we have learnt and what still needs to be addressed
- Kropinski, Andrew M.
- Research in microbiology 2018 v.169 no.9 pp. 481-487
- antibiotics, bacteriophages, bioinformatics, ecology, genome, genomics, molecular biology, prokaryotic cells
- Research on bacteriophages has significantly enhanced our understanding of molecular biology, the genomes of prokaryotic cells, and viral ecology. Phages and lysins offer a viable alternative to the declining utility of antibiotics in this post-antibiotic era. They also provide ideal teaching tools for genomics and bioinformatics. This article touches on the first 100 years of phage research with the author commenting on what he thinks are the highlights, and what needs to be addressed.