Bacteriophages

Bacteriophages are infectious agents that comprise viruses that infect bacteria. Bacteriophages are widespread, abundant and very diverse.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Bacteria employ a specialized weapon known as the type VI secretion system to defend themselves from competing organisms. A new study reveals the molecular architecture of the type VI secretion system and highlights conserved mechanistic similarities with contractile phage tails.

    • Alan R. Davidson
    •  & Karen L. Maxwell
    Nature Microbiology 3, 1330-1331
  • Editorial |

    Although the spotlight on CRISPR–Cas systems has shone on their immense potential as genome-editing tools, the field’s origins are rooted in the microbiology of phage–bacterium interactions. Furthering our understanding of these processes can uncover more systems and generate new reagents with revolutionary properties.

  • Research Highlights |

    In this study, Hernandez-Doria and Sperandio show that enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli harbour dormant phages that express a transcription factor that regulates bacterial virulence factors.

    • Andrea Du Toit