It’s been called “the trots,” “Montezuma’s Revenge,” “the runs” and worse. But no matter the name, when it strikes, victims wish for a medicine that could go straight to the offending bacteria to quickly knock it dead.
That wish will ultimately come true if work by Texas A&M University scientists stays on target at the Center for Phage Technology in College Station.
A “medicine that grows” is how the phage concept was described by Dr. Ryland Young, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics who was instrumental in establishing the center.
“Phage is a word that simply means viruses that grow on bacteria,” Young said. “They are harmless to humans, harmless to animals, harmless to plants.
The only things they attack are bacteria. And every kind of bacteria involved in the disease process has bacteria phages that will attack them. So if you are a bacterial cell, your enemy is the bacterial virus.