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Phages as Promising Biomedical Tools

Volume 10 - Issue 2

Pilar Domingo Calap*1,2

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    • 1 Department of Genetics, Universitat De València, Spain
    • 2Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, Universitat De València-CSIC, Spain
    • *Corresponding author: Pilar Domingo Calap, Department of Genetics, Universitat De València, Burjassot, Spain, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, Universitat De València-CSIC, Spain

Received: October 10, 2018;   Published: October 24, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.10.001936

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Abstract

Bateriophages, natural killers of bacteria, are nowadays interesting tools in biomedical fields. Indeed, phages can be used in prevention, diagnosis, and as treatment against bacterial diseases. Interestingly, new phage technology allow them to be used against other pathogens like fungi and other viruses. Going beyond, bacteriophages can be even modified to specifically treat tumour cells. The large potential of phages as biomedical tools is increasing, thanks to their easy manipulation, high specificify, and low production cost. Nevertheless, ethical concerns and regulatory protocols should be revised in order to give trust to these applications and increase the general acceptance.

Abstract| Introduction | Phages in Prevention| Phages in Diagnosis | Phages as Treatment| Discussion| References|