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May 20, 2019

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Electric Field-Based Dressing Helps Heal Wound Infections

Researchers have found a way to charge up the fight against bacterial infections using electricity. Scientists have developed a dressing that uses an electric field to disrupt biofilm infection in ... read more
A multidisciplinary team has provided new insight into underlying mechanisms controlling the precise size of cells. The researchers found that 'the adder,' a function that ... read more

Antibody Responses Vs. Ebola Keep Evolving in Survivors, Months After Recovery

Antiviral antibodies produced by survivors of Ebola infection continue to evolve and improve after recovery, according to a study of immune responses ... read more
Data collected from over 1 million forest plots reveals patterns of where plant roots form symbiotic relationships with fungi ... read more
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How Host-Cell Enzymes Combat the Coronavirus

Host-cell enzymes called PARP12 and PARP14 are important for inhibiting mutant forms of a coronavirus, according to a new ... read more

Five Rules to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Current efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance are 'not nearly radical enough,' a leading scientist ... read more

Newly Identified Bacteria-Killing Protein Needs Vitamin A to Work

People who have inadequate vitamin A in their diets are more susceptible to skin infection, yet how that vitamin affects skin immunity has been unclear. New research sheds some light on that mystery ... read more

Rice Blast Fungus Study Sheds New Light on Virulence Mechanisms of Plant Pathogenic Fungi

Researchers examined the fungal cell biology of rice blast fungus pathogenesis and recently published the first systematic and comprehensive report on the molecular mechanism of the actin-binding ... read more

How Proteins Help Influenza A Bind and Slice Its Way to Cells

Researchers have provided new insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus particles fight their way to human ... read more

New Factor Influencing Spread of Legionella

When people fall ill from bacterial infection, the first priority is to treat the disease. An international team has tackled the question where do these pathogens come from using an important ... read more

Probiotic-Derived Molecule May Suppress Fatal Brain Inflammation, Preclinical Study Finds

The existence of certain microorganisms in your gut may bolster the immune system's ability to fend off a herpes viral attack that can cause fatal brain ... read more

Ten percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from just one kind of bacteria in the ocean. Now laboratory tests have shown that these bacteria are susceptible to plastic pollution, according to a new ... read more

A research team has developed an approach to co-culture a complex human gut microbiome in direct contact with intestinal tissue for at least five days using 'organ-on-a-chip' (Organ Chip) ... read more

Research uncovers key mechanism that allows some of the deadliest human RNA viruses to orchestrate the precise copying of the individual pieces of their viral genome and replicate. The findings ... read more

Bacterial Communities for Wastewater Treatment System

A global study expands the understanding of activated sludge microbiomes for next-generation wastewater treatment and reuse systems enhanced by microbiome engineering. Wastewater treatment and reuse ... read more

Researchers have discovered that Pseudomonas bacteria can detect the speed (shear rate) of flow regardless of the force. By linking the flow-detecting gene to one responsible for illumination, they ... read more

Understanding Relationship Break-Ups to Protect the Reef

Unravelling the secrets of the relationship between coral and the algae living inside it will help prevent coral bleaching, researchers believe. By using genomic data to look for genes that enhance ... read more

Maternal Microbes Mediate Diet-Derived Damage

New research has found, using a mouse model, that microbes in the maternal intestine may contribute to impairment of the gut barrier during ... read more

Peering Into the Past, Scientists Discover Bacteria Transformed a Viral Threat to Survive

A study reports the first known evidence of bacteria stealing genetic material from their own worst enemy, bacteriophages, and transforming it to ... read more

How the Dengue Virus Replicates in Infected Cells

The nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) of the dengue virus interacts with another viral protein called NS4A-2K-4B to enable viral replication, according to a new ... read more

Painting a Fuller Picture of How Antibiotics Kill

Researchers have used machine-learning algorithms to discover a secondary mechanism that helps some antibiotics kill bacteria. This mechanism involves disrupting bacterial metabolism of nucleotides ... read more

Discovery of the Photosensor for Yellow-Green Light-Driven Photosynthesis in Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria, a type of bacteria that performs photosynthesis, utilize a photosensor to maximize their light-harvesting capacity under different light environments. A joint research team found a new ... read more

Scientists have used an experimental therapy that relies on bacteria-infecting viruses collected, in part, through HHMI's SEA-PHAGES program to fight a Mycobacterium infection in a 15-year-old ... read more

Surface Protein Editing in Bacteria

New research delves into an unknown cell circuit in bacteria that can lead to new targets for ... read more

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