Issue 11, 2014

Phage-based detection of bacterial pathogens


Bacterial pathogens cause significant morbidity and mortality annually to both humans and animals. With the rampant spread of drug resistance and the diminishing effectiveness of current antibiotics, there is a pressing need for effective diagnostics for detection of bacterial pathogens and their drug resistances. Bacteriophages offer several unique opportunities for bacterial detection. This review highlights the means by which bacteriophages have been utilized to achieve and facilitate specific bacterial detection.

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28 Jan 2014
13 Mar 2014
First published
13 Mar 2014
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Analyst, 2014,139, 2617-2626

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Phage-based detection of bacterial pathogens

R. G. van der Merwe, P. D. van Helden, R. M. Warren, S. L. Sampson and N. C. Gey van Pittius, Analyst, 2014, 139, 2617 DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00208C

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