Capsid and Tail

a weekly phage periodical

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Latest Issue
Issue 13: Breaking down phage patentability
January 17, 2019

Breaking down phage patentability

You may have heard through the grapevine that “phages can’t be patented”, but several phage patents exist, and biotech and pharma are investing in phage-based therapeutics. What’s the deal?
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Capsid & Tail is a weekly periodical that follows the ins and outs of phage research, jobs, and phage therapy.

Issue 12: Where in the world (and how) can I get phage therapy?
January 10, 2019

Where in the world (and how) can I get phage therapy?

People are starting to ask questions about phage therapy. We need your help to put together an FAQ. Do they qualify? How can they get it, and where do they get it?
Issue 11: Uncultivated viral genomes
January 3, 2019

New reporting standards for uncultivated viral genomes

Have you submitted genome sequences for phages that haven’t been cultured yet? Here’s what you should report if and when you do.
Issue 10: Capsids in the Classroom
December 21, 2018

Capsids in the classroom (and a challenge for 2019)

This week, we’re sharing insights from our experience talking to middle school kids about phages, phage therapy, and Phage Directory.
Issue Nine: Q&A with BiomX
December 14, 2018

Tweaking the microbiome with phages: Q&A with BiomX CBO Assaf Oron

This week, we bring you a Q&A with BiomX CBO Assaf Oron.
Issue Eight: Belgian Phage Therapy
December 7, 2018

Belgium’s new brand of phage therapy

This week, we explore Belgium's unique new way of treating patients with phages...
Issue Seven: Crowdsourcing Special
November 30, 2018

Special issue: An update on our current phage crowdsourcing campaign

To provide a window into what happens during a phage hunt, we're devoting this issue to showing some of what's happened over the last three weeks. We've put together an infographic to help illustrate how labs across the globe have come together in support of this cause.
Issue Six: Thanksgiving
November 22, 2018

Happy (American) Thanksgiving!

We’re incredibly humbled by all the wonderful feedback and for your help in spreading the word about Capsid & Tail and Phage Directory. Thank you!!
Issue Five: Reflecting
November 15, 2018

Reflecting on our first year

For this week’s issue, we’d like to reflect on our first year as Phage Directory. We’re one year old this week!
Issue Four: Crowdsourcing
November 8, 2018

Phage crowdsourcing

This is the second post in a series on how patients are being treated with phages outside of traditional clinical trials.
Issue Three: eIND
November 2, 2018

"The eIND route”: How do people currently get phage therapy in the US?

This is the first of a series of posts about how patients are being treated with phages outside of traditional clinical trials.
Issue Two: Clinical Trials
October 26, 2018

Clinical trials: Are phages “there yet”?

You may have heard that phages "still haven’t made it through clinical trials.” What does this mean, and is anyone making any progress on this?
Issue One
October 18, 2018

Phage therapy returns to the US

Welcome to the first issue of Capsid & Tail, a mini-periodical of links, topics, and commentary that covers the ins and outs of the phage world.

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