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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

How to Block New Antibiotic Resistance Gene

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers ... read more

Plants Can Skip the Middlemen to Directly Recognize Disease-Causing Fungi

Feb. 19, 2019 — Scientists have revealed that direct physical associations between plant immune proteins and fungal molecules are widespread during attempted infection. The authors' findings run counter to ... read more

Using Crystals to Unpick How Viruses Work

Feb. 19, 2019 — Researchers have used X-ray crystallography and computer simulation to get a closer look at how viruses bind cells and cause ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — The influenza vaccine may be less effective in the elderly because their B cells are less capable of producing antibodies that can adapt to protect against new viral strains, researchers report. With ... read more

Birch Pollen Allergen Immunotherapy Normalizes Nasal Gene-Expression and Microbial Community

Feb. 19, 2019 — According to a new study, birch pollen allergen immunotherapy modifies the gene expression and microbiome profile of the nasal epithelium to correspond to those of healthy ... read more

Antibiotic Resistances Spread Faster Than Thought, Aquaculture Study Reveals

Feb. 19, 2019 — By studying fish raised in aquaculture, researchers have shed new light on the mechanisms by which antibiotic resistance genes are transferred between bacteria. According to their study, those ... read more

Researchers Find Trigger That Turns Strep Infections Into Flesh-Eating Disease

Feb. 18, 2019 — Scientists discovered a previously unknown trigger that turns run-of-the-mill strep infections into the flesh-eating disease childbed fever, which strikes postpartum moms and newborns, often leaving ... read more

How to Feed the World by 2050? Recent Breakthrough Boosts Plant Growth by 40 Percent

Feb. 16, 2019 — Recent advances to address hunger through agricultural advancement have been shown to boost crop growth by 40 percent by creating a shortcut for a glitch that plagues most food ... read more

Feb. 15, 2019 — Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic ... read more

'Seeing' Tails Help Sea Snakes Avoid Predators

Feb. 15, 2019 — New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from ... read more

Exercise Might Improve Health by Increasing Gut Bacterial Diversity

Feb. 15, 2019 — Research has suggested that the efficiency with which we transport oxygen to our tissues (cardiorespiratory fitness) is a far greater predictor of gut microbiota diversity than either body fat ... read more

New Live-Imaging Technique Reveals Cellular Repair Crew Plugging Leaky Biological Barrier

Feb. 15, 2019 — Suppose you live in a brick house and notice cracks in the mortar that let in cold air, rain and insect pests. You might call a brick mason to repair those leaks and to restore the barrier that keeps ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Researchers have used one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to reveal the structure of a large protein complex crucial to photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into ... read more

Improved RNA Data Visualization Method Gets to the Bigger Picture Faster

Feb. 14, 2019 — Like going from a pinhole camera to a Polaroid, a significant mathematical update to the formula for a popular bioinformatics data visualization method will allow researchers to develop snapshots of ... read more

Study Examines How Compound Damaged DNA to Understand Its Connection to Cancer

Feb. 14, 2019 — In an effort to understand how colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, may be connected to the development of colorectal cancer, researchers are exploring how the compound ... read more

Delays in Banning Wildlife Trade Put Hundreds of Species at Risk

Feb. 14, 2019 — From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according to a new ... read more

Hop to It: Researchers Evaluate Rabbits' Evolved Resistance to Myxoma Virus

Feb. 14, 2019 — Researchers have validated the role of specific rabbit genes in contributing to this acquired ... read more

Animal Venoms Are Sources in the Search for New Medicines

Feb. 14, 2019 — A new study of natural toxins and their derivatives may help in the development of medicines to treat diseases like cancer and ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — A research group has used a non-destructive methodology to determine the role of specific algae, lichens, mosses, cyanobacteria, etc. that may be causing exfoliation and delamination, which are ... read more

How Proteins Become Embedded in a Cell Membrane

Feb. 14, 2019 — Many proteins with important biological functions are embedded in a biomembrane in the cells of humans and other living organisms. But how do they get in there in the first place? Researchers have ... read more

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