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What is a phage?

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10/01/2009

A virus that infects bacteria.


The word phage comes from the Greek and means to eat or ingest. There are different types of phages, each quite specific to a particular bacteria. Phage technology is a relatively new science which uses virus to infect and consume bacteria, although the beginnings date to the early 20th century.(It was discarded when antibiotics were discovered).