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February 18, 2020

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Glioblastomas are relentless, hard-to-treat, and often lethal brain tumors. Scientists have enlisted a most unlikely ally in efforts to treat this form of cancer -- elements ... read more
A new group of antibiotics with a unique approach to attacking bacteria has been discovered, making it a promising clinical candidate in the fight against ... read more
Bacterial viruses, called bacteriophages, are simple genetic machines, relying on their bacterial hosts to replicate and spread. But scientists have found hundreds of huge ... read more
Researchers have uncovered a novel potential antiviral drug target that could lead to treatments protecting against a host of ... read more
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New Pathogenic Mechanism for Influenza NS1 Protein Found

Researchers report the biological effects of influenza protein NS1 binding to RIG-I -- the binding directly quiets the alarm that activates the cellular innate immunity defense against the infection. ... read more

Making the Mouse Gut Microbiome More Human-Like

Researchers find that when rodents are prevented from consuming feces, their small-intestine microbiota more closely resembles the microbial communities found in human ... read more

Second Antibiotic No Advantage for Treating Super-Bug Golden Staph

A world-first clinical trial has called into question the effectiveness of using more than one antibiotic to treat the deadly 'super-bug', Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ... read more

Bacteriophages May Play a Role in Childhood Stunting... and Be Able to Help Treat It

New research has discovered that bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) found in the intestinal tracts of children may play a role in childhood stunting, a significant impediment to growth ... read more

U.S. and Australian researchers have found a potential tool for identifying stress-tolerant 'super corals.' In experiments that simulated climate change stress, researchers found corals ... read more

Right Beneath the Skin We All Have the Same Bacteria

In the dermis skin layer, the same bacteria are found across age and gender. This has been shown in a new study which has studied skin samples from knees and hips. The researchers hope it is a step ... read more

Foot-and-Mouth-Disease Virus Could Help Target the Deadliest Cancer

The foot-and-mouth-disease virus is helping scientists to tackle a common cancer with the worst survival rate -- pancreatic ... read more

More Than Just a Carnival Trick: Researchers Can Guess Your Age Based on Your Microbes

Researchers reveal a new understanding of how our microbiomes change as we age, setting the stage for future research on the role microbes play in accelerating or decelerating the aging process and ... read more

Clostridioides Difficile Infection Flourishes With a High-Protein, High-Fat Diet

Mice fed a high-fat, high-protein diet were more likely to develop and die from antibiotic-driven Clostridioides difficile infections than mice fed a standard diet. In the same study, a ... read more

Who Will Lead the Global Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance Via Sewage?

A professor calls for someone to carry on a global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases via ... read more

Coronavirus Outbreak Raises Question: Why Are Bat Viruses So Deadly?

A study of cultured bat cells shows that their strong immune responses, constantly primed to respond to viruses, can drive viruses to greater virulence. Modelling bat immune systems on a computer, ... read more

Inner 'Clockwork' Sets the Time for Cell Division in Bacteria

Researchers have discovered a 'clockwork' mechanism that controls cell division in bacteria. They report how a small signaling molecule starts the 'clock', which informs the cell ... read more

Innate Protein Restricts HIV Replication by Targeting Lipid Rafts

A recent study suggests that the innate protein AIBP restricts HIV-1 replications by targeting the lipid rafts the virus relies ... read more

Adding Sewage Sludge on Soils Does Not Promote Antibiotic Resistance

Adding sewage sludge on soils does not promote antibiotic resistance, a study ... read more

Acid-Loving Microbe Can Improve Understanding of Past Climate

Study of an 'extremophile' found in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park can be used to help researchers understand climate ... read more

New Details on How a Viral Protein Puts the Brakes on Virus Replication

Researchers used computational chemistry, biochemistry and virology to uncover new information on how viruses such as West Nile, dengue and Zika ... read more

New Approach to Unraveling Clostridium Difficile

Clostridium difficile, a bacterium known to cause symptoms from diarrhea to life-threatening colon damage, is part of a growing epidemic for the elderly and hospitalized patients. Biologists have now ... read more

Understanding Gut Microbiota, One Cell at a Time

Scientists devised a novel single-cell genomic sequencing technique that enables detailed, functional analysis of uncultured bacteria and identified bacterial responders of dietary fiber inulin in ... read more

Recognize and Control New Variants of the Deadly Ebola Virus More Quickly

The situation is extraordinary: there have only ever been four declarations of public health emergencies of international concern in the past and now there are two at the same ... read more

Steroids Could Do More Harm Than Good in Treating Coronavirus

Steroids should be avoided in the treatment of the current novel coronavirus, experts have advised. A commentary article published in The Lancet concludes that, based on evidence from previous ... read more

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