Similar phage communities in human and primate intestines

We live in a world dominated by microorganisms. They existed on earth long before the first multicellular organisms came into being. As part of a metaorganism, i.e. the community of a complex living being with colonizing ...

Bacteria and viruses: A network of intestinal relationships

The balance of human intestinal microbiota, consisting of hundreds of bacterial species and phages (bacteria viruses), is crucial to good health. A research team, including scientists from the CNRS and the Institut Pasteur, ...

Cataloging nature's hidden arsenal: Viruses that infect bacteria

Scientists are continually searching for new and improved ways to deal with bacteria, be it to eliminate disease-causing strains or to modify potentially beneficial strains. And despite the numerous clever drugs and genetic ...

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