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A virus that kills sleepers

ETH Zurich researchers have found a virus that kills dormant bacteria. This rare discovery could help to combat germs that can’t be treated with antibiotics alone.

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The paride phage (purple) is one of the few phages to attack dormant bacteria. (Graphic: Enea Maffei / ETH Zurich)

In brief

  • For the first time, ETH Zurich researchers have isolated a bacteriophage from rotting plant material that can attack and kill bacteria in a dormant state.
  • How the phage manages this is still unclear.
  • Combination therapy with this phage and an antibiotic eradicates many dormant germs in pure culture and in the mouse model.

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