FDA OKs Clinical Trial to Test Bacteriophage-Based Treatment for Crohn’s

FDA OKs Clinical Trial to Test Bacteriophage-Based Treatment for Crohn’s
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cleared a Phase 1/2a clinical trial to study a set of bacteriophages designed to treat inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), specifically Crohn’s disease. The bacteriophages were developed as part of a July 2015 collaboration agreement between Intralytix and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Together with French researchers from the University of Lille and Auvergne, the companies focused on studying a specific strain of the bacteria Escherichia coli (AIEC), which has been linked to Crohn’s disease. Bacteriophages are virus-like organisms that have naturally evolved to target and eliminate specific bacteria. They show significant potential as an alternative to antibiotics in treating bacterial infections without affecting good bacteria, like those in the normal gut flora. They also present an opportunity to improve the human microbiome (the collective name for the genes that make up microorganisms — microbes, bacteria, virus and fungi — in the body) and to address the growing issue of antibiotic resistance, which is an increasingly serious threat to global public health and a key focus of the collaboration. Researchers developed a new therapy<
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