ISSN 2409-5834

On the history of the discovery of bacteriophages

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Andrey V. Ermolaev, Tatiana S. Sorokina


The article is devoted to an analysis of the significance of bacteriophages’ discovery in the subsequent development of medicine: from the prevention and control of infectious bacterial diseases to the study of global evolutionary mechanisms by genetic engineering methods. French researcher Felix d’Hérelle discovered bacteriophages when he found a “substance” that kills dysentery bacteria in 1917. A virus by nature, it was called a “bacteria devourer” (bacteriophage)

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