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Treating bladder infections with viruses

The pathogens that cause urinary tract infections are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. ETH Zurich researchers have now developed a rapid test and a new therapeutic approach using bacteria-​infecting viruses known as phages.


In brief

  • ETH Zurich researchers have developed a new rapid test that uses bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria – to quickly and accurately identify the pathogens that cause urinary tract infections.
  • This enables the targeted use of a suitable antibiotic.
  • The researchers also genetically modified the phages to make them more efficient in destroying the pathogenic bacteria.

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