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Yes you could. It used to be a big deal before antibiotics were discovered, and continued for a bit in the Soviet Union. However, due to the success of antibiotics, it fell out of grace. Due to the lower level of applied research in the Soviet Union (not research itself, although equipment might have been often outdated a bit and the Soviets did isolate ...


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Could we use viruses that only affect bacteria to act as antibiotics? Yes. The specific class you're referring to is called a "bacteriophage". There's quite a bit of research going on surrounding phage therapy as a stand-in or replacement for traditional antibiotics. Here's a Nature Biotechnology article from 2004 that discusses your very topic. It is ...



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