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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

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

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

Feb. 14, 2019 — Most plant species on earth are reliant on insects for pollination, including more than 30% of the food crops we eat. With insects facing rapid global decline, it is crucial that scientists ... read more

Diagnostic Tool for Detecting Cryptosporidium

Feb. 14, 2019 — Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers have developed a novel low-cost technique that quickly and accurately detects cryptosporidium contamination in water ... read more

More Scrutiny Needed for Less-Deadly Foodborne Bacteria

Feb. 13, 2019 — Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria -- Bacillus cereus -- which cause foodborne illness, according to ... read more

Newly Isolated Human Gut Bacterium Reveals Possible Connection to Depression

Feb. 13, 2019 — Researchers have established a correlation between depression and a group of neurotransmitter-producing bacteria found in the human ... read more

Human Antiviral 'GS-441524' Shows Great Promise Against Infectious Disease in Cats

Feb. 13, 2019 — The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — What makes us human, and where does this mysterious property of 'humanness' come from? Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist obvious behavioral and ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — Researchers have discovered how overactive DNA repair systems can lead to retinal damage and blindness in mice. A DNA repair enzyme called Aag glycosylase becomes hyperactive, provoking an ... read more

Infection Biology: What Makes Helicobacter So Adaptable?

Feb. 12, 2019 — The bacterial pathogen Helicobacter pylori owes its worldwide distribution to its genetic adaptability. Microbiologists have identified an enzyme that plays a vital role in the flexible control of ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — Researchers have developed a new AI-driven platform that can analyze how pathogens infect our cells with the precision of a trained ... read more

Investing in Antibiotics Critical to Saving Lives During Pandemic Influenza Outbreaks

Feb. 12, 2019 — Researchers have developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — Human beings are not the only ones who suffer from stress -- even microorganisms can be affected. Now, researchers have devised a new method to study how single biological cells react to stressful ... read more

Almost 2,000 Unknown Bacteria Discovered in the Human Gut

Feb. 11, 2019 — Researchers have used computational methods to identify nearly 2,000 uncultured gut bacterial species. Study authors call for more data from South America, Africa and Asia, in order to achieve a more ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — The anopheline mosquitoes that carry malaria were present 100 million years ago, new research shows, potentially shedding fresh light on the history of a disease that continues to kill more than ... read more

New Tuberculosis Drug May Shorten Treatment Time for Patients

Feb. 11, 2019 — A new experimental antibiotic for tuberculosis has been shown to be more effective against TB than isoniazid, a decades-old drug which is currently one of the standard treatments. In mouse studies, ... read more

Marine Scientists Find Toxic Bacteria on Microplastics Retrieved from Tropical Waters

Feb. 11, 2019 — A team of marine scientists had uncovered toxic bacteria living on the surfaces of microplastics (which are pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size) collected from the coastal areas of ... read more

Genome Scientists Develop Novel Approaches to Studying Widespread Form of Malaria

Feb. 8, 2019 — Scientists have developed a novel way with genome sequences to study and better understand transmission, treat and ultimately eradicate Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of ... read more

Dengue Virus Infection May Cause Severe Outcomes Following Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy

Feb. 8, 2019 — Prior Dengue virus infection may cause severe outcomes following Zika virus infection during pregnancy, a new study shows. The research points to a possible mechanism for the enhancement of Zika ... read more

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