The Non-Antibiotic Antibiotic

The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a serious problem that’s only going to get worse. One alternative treatment is the use of bacteria-eating viruses, or bacteriophages. The Soviet Union continued research into the use of bacteriophages long after scientists in the United States stopped such research in the face of the miracle drug penicillin, and today Georgia (the nation, not the state) is something of a hot spot for bacteriophage treatment. The linked Slate article is especially interesting for its explanation of why bacteriophage as a medical technology is not good business in the United States.