Alternative to antibiotics found in Russian Arctic

Alternative to antibiotics found in Russian Arctic

February 20, 2021

Scientists claim that bacteriophage viruses can be isolated from the ecosystems of the Arctic zone.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. During expeditions to the Russian Arctic, scientists found an alternative to antibiotics. Bacteriophage viruses can be isolated from the ecosystems of the Arctic zone of Russia in order to create drugs on their basis to fight infectious diseases caused by bacteria that are resistant to existing antibiotics. This was announced by the head of the laboratory of functional genomics and proteomics of microorganisms at the Institute of Experimental Medicine Artemy Goncharov.

“Now phage therapy is experiencing a second wind. Probably the most promising source of bacteriophages, according to our observations, are ecosystems associated with the polar regions of our planet”, Goncharov said.

In addition, scientists have found that bacteriophages can be obtained in the habitats of birds, including penguins. They also exist near freshwater lakes and in samples of paleontological material stored in permafrost. The specialists plan to create a bank of bacteriophage strains and check how effectively they can be used in the treatment of infectious diseases.

Earlier we wrote when the release of methane deposits will occur in the Arctic.

Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: open sources

February 20, 2021

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