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June 28, 2022

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New Biobatteries Use Bacterial Interactions to Generate Power for Weeks

Researchers have developed a 'plug-and-play' biobattery that lasts for weeks at a time and can be stacked to improve output voltage and ...

Highly Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of MRSA That Arose in Pigs Can Jump to Humans

A new study has found that a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of the superbug MRSA -- methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- has emerged in ...

By Odin's Beard! Tubulins Named After the Norse God May Be the Missing Link Between Single-Celled Organisms and Human Cells

The 'missing link' between bacterial cells and human and plant cells offers key to the process of eukaryogenesis, the point at which animal and plant ...

With Roommates, It's All About Chemistry, Molecularly Speaking

Researchers describe how the microbiomes of people and the homes they live in interact and change each ...
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Microbial Link Between Western-Style Diet and Incidence of Colorectal Cancer Uncovered

New research builds the case that a Western-style diet -- rich in red and processed meat, sugar and refined grains/carbohydrates -- is tied to higher risk of colorectal cancer through the intestinal ...

Can We Save More Lives If We Let Resistant Bacteria Live?

Every day, people die of simple inflammation because bacteria can no longer be killed with antibiotics. So what do we do? Maybe we should spend less energy on killing them and more on ...

Researchers Make Virus-Fighting Face Masks

Researchers have developed an accessible way to make N95 face masks not only effective barriers to germs, but on-contact germ killers. The antiviral, antibacterial masks can potentially be worn ...

SeqScreen Can Reveal 'Concerning' DNA

Computer scientists have developed a program to screen short DNA sequences, whether synthetic or natural, to determine their ...

Genetic Mutations Enable Efficient Evolution of TB-Causing Bacteria

Researchers have identified how the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) can evolve rapidly in response to new ...

A Blueprint for Life Forms on Mars?

Microbes taken from surface sediment near Lost Hammer Spring, Canada, about 900 km south of the North Pole, could provide a blueprint for the kind of life forms that may once have existed, or may ...

Lack of Diversity of Micro-Organisms in the Gut or Elevated Metabolite Implicated in Heart Failure Severity

Some people who experience heart failure have less biodiversity in their gut or have elevated gut metabolites, both of which are associated with more hospital visits and greater risk of death, ...

Rethinking the Rabies Vaccine

Researchers may have discovered the path to better rabies vaccine design. Researchers share one of the first high-resolution looks at the rabies virus glycoprotein in its vulnerable ...

Clues to Bee Health Found in Their Gut Microbiome

The local environment plays a pivotal role in the health and diversity of the gut microbiome of wild bees which could help detect invisible stressors and early indicators of potential threats, say ...

To Treat or to Tolerate (Pathogens), That Is the Question

Scientists have used Xenopus laevis tadpoles to tease out the genetic and biological mechanisms that enhance disease tolerance, and have identified drugs that can keep the tadpoles alive even in the ...

Researchers Reconstruct the Genome of Centuries-Old E. Coli Using Fragments Extracted from an Italian Mummy

Researchers have identified and reconstructed the first ancient genome of E. coli, using fragments extracted from the gallstone of a 16th century ...

The Black Death, the biggest pandemic of our history, was caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and lasted in Europe between the years 1346 and 1353. Despite the pandemic's immense demographic ...

Mechanism of Expanding Bacteria Revealed

The process that allows bacteria to expand and grow while maintaining the strength of the cell walls has been identified as offering a potential new target for ...

Lager Beer, Whether It Contains Alcohol or Not, Could Help Men's Gut Microbes

Like wine, beer can have health benefits when consumed in moderation. Non-alcoholic beers have become wildly popular recently, but are these drinks also healthful? In a pilot study, researchers ...

A Warming Climate Decreases Microbial Diversity

Researchers conducted an eight-year experiment that found that climate warming played a predominant role in shaping microbial biodiversity, with significant negative ...

Biotechnology Platforms Enable Fast, Customizable Vaccine Production

An examination of the COVID-related transition to biotechnology platform-based techniques for vaccine development concludes that such smart manufacturing techniques could in the future be applied to ...

Nanoparticle Sensor Can Distinguish Between Viral and Bacterial Pneumonia

Many different types of bacteria and viruses can cause pneumonia, but there is no easy way to determine which microbe is causing a particular patient's illness. This uncertainty makes it harder ...

Research Sheds Light on How Bacteria Communicate Their Way to Causing Infection

Scientists have identified proteins that prevent a bacterial cell from becoming misguided by its own messaging, allowing it to instead wait for collective communication from its ...

New Inherited Retroviruses Identified in the Koala Genome

Historic virus infections can be traced in vertebrate genomes. For millions of years, these genomes have been repositories for retroviruses that incorporated their code into germline cells and were ...

Designing Protection Suits for Hard Working Bacteria

Bacteria can contribute to a more sustainable production of chemicals, so providing a good working environment for them is a good investment. Now researchers present a nano protection suit, developed ...

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