Cowles, Philip B. School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
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Any bacteriophage that is able to infect the bacterium Escherichia coli. Many coliphages are able to attack more than one strain of this organism. The T series of coliphages (T1–T7), propagated on a special culture of E. coli, strain B, has been used in extensive studies, from which most of the knowledge of phages is derived. See also: Bacteriophage; Virus
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