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2015: The Year of the Phage

British bacteriologist Frederick Twort, discoverer of the Phage.
British bacteriologist Frederick Twort, discoverer of the Phage.

British bacteriologist Frederick Twort first reported the activity of what we now know are bacteriophages to The Lancet in 1915. Now, one hundred years later, it seems that we are currently rediscovering them, as can be attested by the 2015 Year of the Phage conference. The meeting program and its associated book are an excellent showcase of the potentials of bacteriophages as technological platforms as well as the gaps in knowledge, which are surprisingly large.

Recent studies have shown the impact of the microbiomes on health, agriculture and built environments. We at SmartPhage believe that phages are the best tool to precisely manipulate bacterial communities, which is why SmartPhage is deeply invested in dominating the technology to deliver high quality phage products to be used in health, agricultural and industrial applications.

Smartphage agrees that this is the Year of the Phage, and will make sure that they won’t be forgotten again.