The increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a problem worldwide, with concerns that antibiotics are overused both in human medicine and in animal agriculture. Phys.org reports that phage therapy may be an alternative solution to treating infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Since 2013, researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland have collected bacteriophages to combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, and they hope to start clinical phage therapy trials in the near future.¬†Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses that kill bacteria. As viruses are the most common organisms on the planet, they control the number of bacteria and maintain ecological balances in nature. Each bacteriophage infects only a few bacterial species or types, potentially making them real precision-guided “smart weapons” in the battle against bacterial infections.¬†READ MORE