Bacteria-infecting viruses, or bacteriophages look like they were created for a sci-fi movie, but they really are naturally occurring viruses that selectively target and kill specific bacterial strains and are harmless to humans, animals, and plants. There are more bacteriophages on the planet that any other organism, including bacteria. Scientists are researching ways to use phages in biomedicine to treat antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. I created these bacteriophage illustrations for a recent article in The Scientist Magazine.

Bacteriophage © Lisa A. Clark

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