This technology overview provides a brief, simplified description of how OmniLytics’ bacteriophage technology provides safe, natural protection and treatment of bacterial disease and infection. Click here to see our ongoing bacteriophage research.
Our products contain bacteriophage as the primary active ingredient. Bacteriophage, or “phage” as they are known, are unique viruses that destroy specific types of bacteria in a process called lysing.
Phage are found in every natural environment, and are part of our everyday lives. As the natural predator to bacteria, they are found on all common surfaces such as a desk or computer keyboard, and are always part of the food we eat and the water we drink.
While phage are technically classified as viruses, they are very different from the dangerous viruses we are familiar with such as those that cause AIDS or Influenza. Phage are different because they can only harm specific bacterial cells; they are harmless to humans, animals, and plants. They are considered a helpful part of our natural environment because they keep the population of dangerous bacteria in check.
Humans have been exposed to bacteriophage since the beginning of time with absolutely no adverse impact or reaction. Phage are also part of the natural healing process, helping to fight off bacterial infection.
A phage is approximately 100 times smaller than a typical bacterium.
Bacteria, which cause many infectious diseases, are ubiquitous and exist everywhere. They too can be detected on virtually every surface of our planet. While some bacteria can be beneficial, there are many varieties that are destructive and even dangerous.
The Lysing Process
Phage are chemically attracted to a specific bacterial host. This attraction is extremely specific, which enables us to use phage in a variety of applications without risk to humans, animals, or even non-target bacteria.
When a phage encounters a bacterium, it attaches itself to the cell wall of the bacterium using its tail fibers.
Once a phage attaches to a bacterium, it penetrates the cell wall of the bacterium and inserts its own DNA, effectively taking over the cell and destroying the bacterium’s ability to function.
Once the phage’s DNA has been inserted into the bacterium, the DNA of the phage begins to replicate and assemble into new phage. This process continues at a very rapid pace.
When the replication of phage weakens the cell wall structure and exceeds the available space within the bacterium cell, the cell wall bursts and the new phage are released into the environment to encounter and destroy additional target bacteria in the same process.
Each time a bacterium is infected by a phage, approximately 100 new phage are produced and released into the immediate vicinity.
Because this process continues until all available bacteria are destroyed, our products actually increase in effectiveness in an exponential manner.
Once all the target bacteria have been destroyed, the remaining phage break down into common biological particles that are naturally absorbed back into environment.
Through this process, phage are able to destroy harmful bacteria in a completely natural and safe process. This process occurs in all natural environments, and is one of our most overlooked natural resources in the fight against bacteria.
OmniLytics, Inc.’s proprietary formulas and processes optimize the use of natural bacteriophage for commercial applications. Bacteriophage solutions are natural, environmentally friendly, safe and effective.