What are Phages?
Bacteriophages (phages) are specialised viruses that only kill certain bacteria. They can be found everywhere in the environment, including in waterways and soil.
As humans become more affected by antibiotic resistant bacterial infections, phages can act as “superheroes” in a world where they might have been considered to be “bad guys” just for being viruses. There are millions of different types of phages in the environment; the more we collect and understand how they work, the more bacterial infections we will be able to fight.
Phages are collected and stored in a “phage library”. Researchers from Wal-yan Respiratory Research Centre have built a large phage library, with over 2000 phages specific to several types of bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Burkholderia cenocepacia (B. cenocepacia), and Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii).
Our library is continually growing and we plan to include phages specific to other bacteria including Enterococcus faecium (E. faecium), Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (S. maltophilia), Non-Tuberculosis mycobacterium (M. abscessus), Escherichia coli (E. coli), Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae), Enterobacter cloacae (E. cloacae) and Achromobacter xylosoxidans (A. xylosoxidans).