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Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy for Deadly Bacteria Shows Early Promise

If immunotherapy—the harnessing of the body’s immune system—can destroy cancer cells, as has been demonstrated, why not try to trigger the body’s immune system...
Miniecosystems

Scripps Research Chemists Design ‘Miniecosystems’ to Test Drug Function

Scripps Research scientists have solved a major problem in chemistry and drug development by using droplet-sized ‘miniecosystems’ to quickly see if a molecule can...
DNA synthesis techniquevideo

New DNA Synthesis Technique Promises Rapid, High-Fidelity DNA Printing

Scientists at the UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have invented a new way to synthesize DNA that promises to be easier and...
Shark Skin

UMass Amherst Research Enhances Shark Skin-Inspired Antibacterial Coatings

To limit hospital- and clinic-related infections, institutions have been using new materials, such as one commercially available that mimics shark skin, to inhibit microbes’...
shark skin

Attacking Bacteria with Shark Skin-Inspired Surfaces

Sharks are often the subject of TV specials or news stories focusing on their attacks on humans. But scientists are finding that sharks could...
antivirulence drugs

Link Between Bacteria Metabolism and Communication Could Pave Way for New...

Researchers have discovered a link between bacteria metabolism and cell-to-cell communication, potentially providing a target for new antivirulence and antibiofilm drugs.Current drugs for bacterial...
Bacteria on a Chipvideo

Ingestible “Bacteria on a Chip” Could Help Diagnose Disease

MIT researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems.This “bacteria-on-a-chip”...
blow flies

Missing Link Between Blow Flies and Possible Pathogen Transmission

Determining whether blow flies have consumed animal fecal material versus animal tissue has important implications for both human public health and animal conservation. A recent...
B1 Building Block

A Better B1 Building Block

Humans aren’t the only earth-bound organisms that need to take their vitamins. Thiamine – commonly known as vitamin B1 – is vital to the...
E. coli

Blood Type Affects Severity of Diarrhea Caused by E. Coli

A new study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with “travelers’ diarrhea” and children in underdeveloped areas of the world causes more severe...
detectors for foodborne illnesses

Technology Turns Smartphones into On-The-Spot Detectors for Foodborne Illnesses, Other Dangerous...

Purdue Universityresearchers have developed detection technology that allows a typical smartphone to analyze produce for foodborne pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, which has been linked...
far-red fluorescent protein

Far-Red Fluorescent Silk Can Kill Harmful Bacteria as Biomedical and Environmental...

A silk hybrid material attacks bacteria when illuminated by a green light, thanks to a far-red fluorescent protein researchers transferred to its genetic makeup. The...
Biophysics

Making Patterns Robust

Many of the fundamental processes observed in cells depend on proper localization of proteins. For example, the division plane at which cell division takes...
genetics

Scientists Find Different Cell Types Contain the Same Enzyme Ratios

By studying bacteria and yeast, researchers at MIT have discovered that vastly different types of cells still share fundamental similarities, conserved across species and...
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Dragonfly-Inspired Nano Coating Kills Bacteria upon Contact

Studies have shown that the wings of dragonflies and cicadas prevent bacterial growth due to their natural structure. The surfaces of their wings are...
Drug-resistant gene

Drug-Resistant Gene Goes from Pig Farms to Patients Worldwide

A troublesome gene that is resistant to an antibiotic often used as a last resort has been tracked from its origins on Chinese pig...
sepsis

A New Model for an Old Killer

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body’s response to infection damages its own tissues and organs, leading to organ failure. It kills millions...
Edible Electronics

New Graphene Laser Technique Opens Door for Edible Electronics

Electronics, the lifeblood of the modern world, could soon be part of our daily diet. In a study appearing in ACS Nano, scientists report that...
cell therapies

CHO and Tell

Although few people realize it, modern medicine relies heavily on the ovarian cells of Chinese hamsters, not as a direct cure, but rather as...
Typhoid

Typhoid Outbreak: Genetic Cause of Extensive Drug Resistance Found

The genetic cause behind a strain of typhoid’s resistance to five classes of antibiotics has been uncovered by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute...