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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

Amyloid Pathology Transmission in Lab Mice and Historic Medical Treatments

Dec. 13, 2018 — A study has confirmed that some vials of a hormone used in discontinued medical treatments contained seeds of a protein implicated in Alzheimer's disease, and are able to seed amyloid pathology ... read more

Biologists Shed New Light on an Old Question

Dec. 12, 2018 — For nearly 100 years biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work. If nature selects the individuals with the best genes then why aren't all organisms the same? ... read more

Buzz! Slap! Ow! Taking the Virus out of a Mosquito's Bite

Dec. 12, 2018 — They approach with the telltale sign -- a high-pitched whine. It's a warning that you are a mosquito's next meal. But that mosquito might carry a virus, and now the virus is in you. Now, ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new study has found that an antimicrobial chemical called triclosan is abundant in dust -- and linked to changes in its genetic makeup. The result is dust with organisms that could cause an ... read more

Gut Microbiome May Affect Some Anti-Diabetes Drugs

Dec. 11, 2018 — Why do orally-administered drugs for diabetes work for some people but not others? According to researchers, bacteria that make up the gut microbiome may be the ... read more

Human Antibody Discovery Could Save Lives from Fungal Killer

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new way to diagnose, treat and protect against stealth fungal infections that claim more than 1.5 million lives per year worldwide has been moved a step ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Human norovirus is a major cause of infections that can be particularly dangerous to children and elderly people. Here, a research team found that human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in the leaves of the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. These proteins are promising ... read more

The Fauna in the Antarctica Is Threatened by Pathogens Humans Spread in Polar Latitudes

Dec. 10, 2018 — The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in the southern ... read more

Bacterial 'Sleeper Cells' Evade Antibiotics and Weaken Defence Against Infection

Dec. 7, 2018 — New research unravels how so-called bacterial persister cells manipulate our immune cells, potentially opening new avenues to finding ways of clearing these bacterial cells from the body, and ... read more

Double the Stress Slows Down Evolution

Dec. 7, 2018 — Bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics more slowly if they also have to defend themselves against ... read more

Engineers Repurpose Wasp Venom as an Antibiotic Drug

Dec. 7, 2018 — Engineers have repurposed wasp venom as an antibiotic drug that's nontoxic to human ... read more

Interventions in Dog Populations Could Reduce Rabies in Rural China

Dec. 6, 2018 — Domestic dogs play a key role in the transmission and expansion of rabies in rural areas of China, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — How much of a reef's ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? New work investigates how the nutrients algae share with their ... read more

New Insights in Rust Resistance in Wheat

Dec. 6, 2018 — Approximately 88 percent of wheat production is susceptible to yellow rust. Researchers have new results regarding the fungus, which evolves quickly to produce new, virulent ... read more

Modeling the Microbiome

Dec. 5, 2018 — The gut microbiome -- the world of microbes that inhabit the human intestinal tract -- has captured the interest of scientists and clinicians for its critical role in health. However, parsing which ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — What's a feast for the human eye may be a literal feast for microorganisms that colonize works of art, according to a new study. The researchers characterized the microbial community on a 17th ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Using a mouse model of influenza and experiments that included parabiosis, researchers definitively showed that lung-resident memory B cells establish themselves in the lung soon after influenza ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Within harsh environments like hot springs, volcanic craters and deep-sea hydrothermal vents -- uninhabitable by most life forms -- microscopic organisms are thriving. How? It's all in how they ... read more

Tuberculosis Survives by Using Host System Against Itself, Study Finds

Dec. 5, 2018 — Scientists have discovered that the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) releases RNA into infected ... read more

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