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Very well spoken. Do you know of what kind of bacteria the phages you worked on are most likely to infect or does that require further research?
In our lab we used the bacteria M. smeg in all of our experiments, whether it would infect other bacteria would require more research.
Do you think the bacteriophages that you have discovered might have a chance to be in future used in phage therapy? If no why?
The phage we worked on most likely wouldn’t have any kind of future in phage therapy because it appears to be temperate. Typically only lytic phages are used because they destroy the bacterial colonies much more effectively.
Is there is main reason as to why phages only infect bacterial cells?
Yes! They are super specialized viruses that have evolved so that their receptors can only recognize bacterial cells.