London: Scientists have discovered that a harmless virus that lives on the skin can be used to develop new treatments to get rid of pimples. The virus, called phage, is naturally built to target and kill bacteria that cause acne - Propionibacterium acnes. Experts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Pittsburgh found 11 different versions of virus in this phage family that had this power, the BBC News reported. "Harnessing a virus that naturally preys on the bacteria that causes pimples could offer a promising new tool against the physical and emotional scars of severe acne," lead scientist, Professor Robert Modlin, said.
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