Viruses That Infect Gut Bacteria May Play Role in IBD, Mouse Study Suggests

Viruses That Infect Gut Bacteria May Play Role in IBD, Mouse Study Suggests
Populations of bacteria-infecting viruses, called bacteriophages, were found to be altered in the intestines of a mouse model of colitis, indicating that these viruses may be involved in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a study reports. Researchers suggest that results from this study could be used to develop a therapy for colitis, a type of IBD. Additionally, bacteriophages, also known simply as phages, could be used as markers to predict whether someone is at risk of developing colitis. "We could promote the growth of good bacteria — a kind of phage therapy," Breck Duerkop, PhD, assistant profes
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