Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ashland microbiologist publishes new review article

Paul Hyman, Assistant Professor of Biology at AU, along with his OSU colleague Stephen T. Abedon, have published a review article in CAB Reviews entitled "High-affinity and -specificity, bacteriophage-based technologies: beyond phage therapy."  Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacterial cells.  In this minireview, they examine technologies that take advantage of the very specific interactions of bacteriophages with their bacterial hosts to develop new medically-oriented tests and pharmaceuticals.  These technologies include phage display which is used to develop pharmaceuticals and biomaterials as well as several bacterial detection methods for more rapid detection and diagnosis of bacterial contamination or infection.

Dr. Hyman is currently conducting research with several Ashland University biology majors in one of our newest faculty/student research labs.  This lab was part of $1.4 million in renovations that took place in the Ashland Science Center this summer.

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