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  1. How would genetically modifying the phage be helpful in finding out if it is a lytic killer?

    1. Hi Keelan! Temperate phages, like the one we isolated, all have the possibility to undergo the lysogenic lifecycle– which does not immediately kill the host bacteria cell. This is an unproductive outcome as temperate phages make up about half of all catalogued phages, which essentially halves all possible candidates for phage therapy. Genetically modifying a temperate phage to become a lytic phage could open up many more options in the future!

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