Questions tagged [bacteriophage]

Bacteriophage (phage) are viruses that infect bacteria, though some definitions include viruses that infect prokaryotes more broadly (bacteria and archaea). They are distinct from eukaryotic viruses in their morphology and evolutionary history.

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Why do bacteriophages look like tiny little robots? [closed]

I get it, evolution is funny and works in mysterious ways. But come on. You can't tell me this thing doesn't look like a nanobot. Why do bacteriophages look this way? With their cylindrical heads and ...
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How can I change the payload of a bacteriophage used to transform E. coli?

I was looking at bacteriophages and how they're used to transform E.coli. While the whole process of how a bacteriophage works makes sense theoretically, I wanted to know how one goes about changing ...
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How did plaques form in Salvador Luria's Bacteriophage experiment (discovery of restriction enzymes)?

I was watching Eric Lander's lecture online describing Luria's experiment (see below for link), and I couldn't understand how plaques form. From my understanding, Bacteriophage infect strain B Viral ...
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Can you design a bacteriophage that attacks the part of the bacteria that makes them antibiotics resistant?

I read in a newspaper about a case where they had found a virus that could attack a specific form of antibiotics-resistant bacteria and managed to save a girl from a certain death by "infecting her" ...
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Why don't phage vectors lyse mammalian cells?

I have read many articles on bacteriophages (like the lambda phage1) being used for transferring genes into mammalian cells, but none of them mention any sort of lysis of the cells even though in ...
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Can a bacteriophage be used to treat bacterial diseases?

Some bacteriophages reproduce using the lytic cycle which ends with the destruction of the host bacterial cell. I was wondering if theoretically this could be used therapeutically to treat bacterial ...