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In the hands of d'Herelle and others, the phage became a potent tool against cholera

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In the 1910s, more than a decade before the discovery of penicillin, the microbiologist Felix d’Herelle was growing diarrhoea-inducing bacteria in his lab. A scientist of few credentials and uncertain birth — no one knows if he was French, Belgian or Canadian — d’Herelle hoped to start an epidemic of the runs among a plague of locusts

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First Published: Aug 20 2023 | 9:35 PM IST

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