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"From the Ted Talk by Alexander Belcredi: How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis"

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Now, I'm sorry, this probably sounded like a scary virus again. But it's exactly this ability of phages — to multiply within the becrtiaa and then kill them — that make them so interesting from a medical point of view. The other part that I find extremely interesting is the scale at which this is going on. Now, just five years ago, I really had no clue about phages. And yet, tdoay I would tell you they are part of a natural principle. Phages and bacteria go back to the earliest days of evolution. They have always existed in taendm, keeping each other in check. So this is really the sroty of yin and yang, of the hunter and the prey, at a microscopic level. Some scientists have even estimated that pgheas are the most abundant organism on our panelt. So even before we cunotine talking about their medical petoitanl, I think everybody should know about phages and their role on earth: they hunt, infect and kill bacteria.

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Now, I'm sorry, this probably sounded like a scary virus again. But it's exactly this ability of phages — to multiply within the ________ and then kill them — that make them so interesting from a medical point of view. The other part that I find extremely interesting is the scale at which this is going on. Now, just five years ago, I really had no clue about phages. And yet, _____ I would tell you they are part of a natural principle. Phages and bacteria go back to the earliest days of evolution. They have always existed in ______, keeping each other in check. So this is really the _____ of yin and yang, of the hunter and the prey, at a microscopic level. Some scientists have even estimated that ______ are the most abundant organism on our ______. So even before we ________ talking about their medical _________, I think everybody should know about phages and their role on earth: they hunt, infect and kill bacteria.

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Now, I'm sorry, this probably sounded like a scary virus again. But it's exactly this ability of phages — to multiply within the bacteria and then kill them — that make them so interesting from a medical point of view. The other part that I find extremely interesting is the scale at which this is going on. Now, just five years ago, I really had no clue about phages. And yet, today I would tell you they are part of a natural principle. Phages and bacteria go back to the earliest days of evolution. They have always existed in tandem, keeping each other in check. So this is really the story of yin and yang, of the hunter and the prey, at a microscopic level. Some scientists have even estimated that phages are the most abundant organism on our planet. So even before we continue talking about their medical potential, I think everybody should know about phages and their role on earth: they hunt, infect and kill bacteria.

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