US scientists identify viruses 'which can infect and kill acne'

26 September 2012

Scientists are confident that certain viruses can be used to infect and kill acne, when antibiotics fail to do the job.

Research carried out at the University of Pittsburgh, in the US, has led to the genomes of 11 viruses being isolated and studied.

The viruses, known as phage, have already been shown to successfully infect and then kill acne-causing bacteria on the body.

Scientists behind the study are now confident that more efficient topical therapies can be created, which uses viruses and viral products to treat the highly-common skin condition.

Doctor Graham Hatfull, the study's author, acknowledged: "There are two fairly obvious potential directions that could exploit this kind of research.

"The first is the possibility of using the phages directly as a therapy for acne. The second is the opportunity to use phage-derived components for their activities."

Acne is defined as a skin condition which is identified by spots appearing around a person's body. The face, back, chest, neck and arms are the most common areas where acne develops.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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