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Stephanie Lynch Graduate Researcher, Physiology Anatomy & Microbiology

Skin infections in animals may be caused by multiple microorganism, with majority of these infections attributed to the presence of bacteria. Over the past 60 years, bacterial infections have been treated by the use of antibiotics, however in recent years there has been an evident increase in antibiotic resistance and therefore an emergence of many incurable infections.

We are focusing on a novel alternative known as bacteriophages, which are small viruses naturally capable of infecting and potentially killing any bacteria of interest. Bacteriophages are highly abundant are found within majority of Earth’s environments, including but not limited to, soil, water, animals and even within the human body. Bacteriophages are highly specific to their bacterial host and do not harm animal or human cells, therefore we aim to exploit this natural activity as an alternative cure to bacterial infections in animals.

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