Synthetic viruses to treat bacterial infections
Project awarded in collaboration with the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnología
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
The emergence of new pathogens, partly due to resistance to antibiotics, is a public health problem. Current drugs are generic and attack a wide variety of bacteria, including those in our intestines. Consequently, many of the treatments against bacterial infections also compromise our health.
In nature, bacteria have their own enemies, bacteriophages. These are viruses that specifically infect bacteria and can be used in therapy to control infectious diseases.
The project investigates the characteristics of bacteriophages, to develop innovative therapies based on synthetic viruses that attack the infection without impacting human health.
A flexible platform for generating synthetic virus to control infectious diseases