You never know exactly what you'll find when you go churning up muck, but apparently odds are pretty good you'll find some viruses. The other day we heard how raw sewage is a hotbed of unknown viruses; now a French team has found the largest virus ever, living in the sea off the coast of Chile.
By bonding special viruses to polymers, scientists may have found an effective way to battle MRSA and more
By Matt RansfordPosted 04.10.2008 at 12:25 pm 3 Comments
Using living organisms to combat human disease is nothing new to medicine. The Greeks used leeches to balance the humors (didn't work). Civil war medics used maggots to clean dead tissue from wounds (did work, and is still selectively used today). The next step in fighting infection with outside help looks to come from the bacteriophages, which are viruses that only infect bacteria.