Bacterial virus found in Jerusalem sewage proposed to fight root-canal infections

Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine researchers have suggested a new way to kill harmful bacteria that take a heavy toll around the world by cultivating one type of tiny viruses from Jerusalem’s sewage that they believe could pioneer in the battle by preventing root canal infections.

Every year, drug-resistant infections kill more than 50,000 people across Europe and the US and hundreds of thousands more around the world. According to the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance commissioned in the UK, failing to address the growing problem of drug-resistant infections could cause 10 million deaths a year and cost up to $100 trillion by 2050.


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