Posted 11/14/2019 8:11 AM (GMT -7)
It is interesting to hear about a new way to eliminating bacteria. RIght now this is not so strongly related to diabetes or UC - the science journalist seems to have failed at understanding the scientist's example.
Dysbiosis is implicates fairly strongly in the presentation of UC, although cause or consequence, is still an open question.
Dysbiosis is less strongly present in thinking about diabetes and other metabolic disorders related to glucose and energy metabolism. Again, cause or consequence is very open.
But, for example, if dysbiosis emerged in a causal role for triggering, AND a causal role for keeping a disease going once triggered (two different things), and IF it was a bloom of certain bacteria instead a deficit of other particular bacteria, then one way to prune back the species in bloom might be to kill them with one of these modified viruses.
Thats a lot of IFs, and there are other ways like nutrition and probiotics and prebiotics to manipulate dysbiosis. I think the string of IFs was lost on the science writer.
Also, the virus would need to be modified to attack particular bacteria. This means it would be a GMO. I don;t run from GMO, but some people would reject the idea of a GMO virus being put into their system if a nutritional approach could be tried first.
I think the real near term promise of this research is ways to replace traditional antibiotics with these GMO viruses - essentially a biological antibiotic.