Bugs as drugs – Harnessing the power of microbes as therapeutics!


Bacteria and viruses are not always categorized as harmful microorganisms. In fact, these groups of microbes can be beneficial and can actively participate in many biological processes.

With the perception of microorganisms being our partners, research is now being conducted to use microbes to treat disease and enhance human health. Some viruses and species of bacteria can be targeted to kill cancer cells, while others can be deployed to replicate in and kill tumors.

The Academy convened a colloquium in April 2014 in San Diego, Calif. to discuss the vast potential of microbes as supplements to existing therapies against infectious and chronic diseases.

The product of those discussions was the full report, Harnessing the Power of Microbes as Therapeutics: Bugs as Drugs.