Viruses and mucus team up to ward off bacteria

Phages may play unforeseen role in immune protection

By Tina Hesman Saey, 14:30 PM May 20, 2013

The last thing most people would want in their bodies is mucus laden with viruses. But a new study suggests that viruses called bacteriophages, or phages, grab onto mucus and then infect and kill invasive bacteria. The finding, reported May 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Forest Rohwer of San Diego State University and colleagues, could mean that some viruses partner with animals and humans to stave off bacterial infections and control the composition of friendly...

Source URL: