bacteriophage, phage

bacteriophage, phage

A virus that infects and destroys bacteria. Most bacteriophages are simple organisms consisting of a DNA or RNA core and a protein coat, but some are more complex. Phages incorporate their genetic material into the host genome and replicate. Some cause the death of the bacterial cell; some do not. Phages were first suspected in 1896 when if was found that the heavily contaminated water of the Ganges could destroy cholera bacteria.
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