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Scientists discover new Death Star weakness in bacterial biofilms

22.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

On their own, bacteria aren’t too hard to kill, but get enough of them together and they build protective communities called biofilms. These make it tough to get antibiotics in, leading to further health problems. But now, researchers have found a new weakness in biofilms that could be exploited. Biofilms are slimy coatings that grow on surfaces...

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Synthetic fungal compound activates cancers self-destruct switch
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Synthetic fungal compound activates cancers self-destruct switch

19.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

All cells in the human body have a shelf-life, but those of the cancerous variety use some cunning trickery to outlive their expiry dates and continue spreading throughout the body. Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a synthetic version of a fungal compound that could help swing things back in our favor, by reactivating a...

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Stem cell-loaded microneedles speed up wound healing

17.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

Stem cells are powerful tools that could one day unlock new frontiers in regenerative medicine. Now, a new study has shown that a certain type of stem cell can be delivered into injured tissues with dissolvable microneedles, to heal wounds. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are responsible for replenishing bone, cartilage, muscle and fat cells in the...

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Crop pathogens remarkably adaptable
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Crop pathogens remarkably adaptable

15.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows. Researchers at the Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter studied the temperature preferences and host plant diversity of hundreds of fungi and oomycetes that attack our crops. The researchers found that plant...

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Using light to speed up CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

12.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University has developed a way to speed up the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing process by using light-sensitive nucleotides. With CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, the enzyme Cas9 is used as scissors to cut strands of DNA at specific spots for editing. A guide RNA molecule is used during editing to help the Cas9 enzyme...

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Taking a deep look into animals
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Taking a deep look into animals

10.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

Advances in neuroscience research and microscopy: a collaborative project driven by researchers of the Max Perutz Labs Vienna, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, and the TU Wien (Vienna) allows researchers to look deep into organs and nervous systems of animals, ranging from squids and worms to fish...

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Researchers develop experimental rapid COVID-19 test using nanoparticle technique
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Researchers develop experimental rapid COVID-19 test using nanoparticle technique

8.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of the virus in 10 minutes. It uses a simple assay containing plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect a color change when the virus is present. The test does not require the use of any...

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Researchers control cattle microbiomes to reduce methane and greenhouse gases
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Researchers control cattle microbiomes to reduce methane and greenhouse gases

5.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have learned to control the microbiome of cattle for the first time which could inhibit their methane production, and therefore reduce a major source of greenhouse gasses. The findings from Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi's findings were published recently in Nature Communications. The animal microbiome...

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Mini human livers grown from stem cells successfully implanted into rats
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Mini human livers grown from stem cells successfully implanted into rats

3.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

Organ transplants save lives, but there are hurdles to overcome. For one, there’s a constant shortage of donors and, even when one is found, the patient’s immune system often rejects the new tissue. Growing a replacement organ from a patient’s own cells could solve both problems. It can be done on demand when a patient needs one, and the organ...

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Bioinspired micro-robot based on white blood cells

1.6.2020   |   Press monitoring

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart invented a tiny micro-robot that resembles a white blood cell traveling through the circulatory system. It has the shape, the size and the moving capabilities of leukocytes, and could perhaps revolutionize the minimally invasive treatment of...

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