Characterization of a Novel Mycobacteriophage via Sequence Analysis

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Authors
LaPierre, Sarah
Advisor
Editor
Date of Issue
2015-04-01
Subject Keywords
Bacteriophages
Publisher
Citation
Series/Report No.
item.page.identifier
Title
Characterization of a Novel Mycobacteriophage via Sequence Analysis
Other Titles
Type
thesis
Description
Abstract
Bacteriophages provide a relatively new area of scientific research. Approximately 1031 viruses on earth are capable of infecting bacteria and thereafter disseminating. Despite their widespread and pervasive nature, bacteriophages have been relatively unstudied. Not only do they provide a new class of organism but they also present potential usefulness to humans, including within the medical field. Bacteriophages represent a new tool in medicine’s ever-developing fight against bacterial infections. Notably, bacteriophages may offer a new weapon to battle infections that have developed resistance to multiple antibiotics. The prospect of bacteriophage use against infectious processes will require significant research which begins with a basic understanding of structure and function of the phages themselves.
Sponsors
Degree Awarded
Bachelor's
Semester
Spring
Department
Life & Environmental Sciences