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Cranberries join forces with antibiotics to fight bacteria
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Cranberries join forces with antibiotics to fight bacteria

29.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

The global spread of antibiotic resistance is undermining decades of progress in fighting bacterial infections. Due to the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, we are on the cusp of returning to a pre-antibiotic era in which minor infections can once again become deadly. Therefore, countering the fall in antibiotic efficacy by...

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Like submicroscopic spacecrafts: Graphene flakes to control neuron aktivity
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Like submicroscopic spacecrafts: Graphene flakes to control neuron aktivity

27.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

Like in a science fiction novel, miniscule spacecrafts able to reach a specific site of the brain and influence the operation of specific types of neurons or drug delivery: Graphene flakes, the subject matter of the new study of the group of SISSA professor Laura Ballerini, open up truly futuristic horizons. Measuring just one millionth of a...

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Snakebite crisis gets US$100-million boost for better antivenoms

24.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

Biomedical-research funder the Wellcome Trust has announced an ambitious initiative to improve the treatment of snakebites in poor countries. Snakebites kill tens of thousands of people a year, partly because they are treated with archaic antivenoms that often work only for one species. Wellcome’s ?80-million (US$103-million) programme, announced...

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Placental stem cells found to regenerate heart cells after heart attack
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Placental stem cells found to regenerate heart cells after heart attack

22.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are the biggest killers of people in modern times, and it's largely due to the heart's inability to repair itself properly. Even if a person survives the initial cardiac arrest event, scar tissue renders the heart less effective at pumping blood and more likely to suffer future...

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How plant viruses can be used to ward off pests and keep plants healthy

20.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

Imagine a technology that could target pesticides to treat specific spots deep within the soil, making them more effective at controlling infestations while limiting their toxicity to the environment. Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Case Western Reserve University have taken a step toward that goal. They discovered that...

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Lamprey molecules squirm into the brain to deliver cancer drugs

17.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

With a mouth like a whirlpool full of teeth, the lamprey is not something you'd normally want anywhere near your brain. But now, researchers from the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin-Madison have used molecules taken from the freaky fish's immune system to deliver drugs inside the body – and even managed to sneak them into the brain. The...

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Researchers replace the genes of E. coli bacteria with synthesized genome
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Researchers replace the genes of E. coli bacteria with synthesized genome

15.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

A team of researchers at Cambridge University has replaced the genes of E. coli bacteria with genomes they synthesized in the lab. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes replacing the genome and removing redundant genetic codes. The genome of any given organism is quite complex, yet it is based on just three sets of...

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How scorpion venom is helping surgeons detect brain cancer
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How scorpion venom is helping surgeons detect brain cancer

13.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

A new imaging technique designed to help surgeons identify the location of malignant brain tumors during surgery is showing promising early clinical trial results. The technique combines a new high-sensitivity near-infrared camera with a special imaging agent synthesized from an amino acid found in scorpion venom. Treating gliomas, a lethal kind...

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Researchers quicken drug discovery method via zombie-like cells
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Researchers quicken drug discovery method via zombie-like cells

10.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

Researchers are using zombie-like cells that behave normally on the outside, but are filled with magnetic particles inside, to screen potential drugs from natural products. Discovered at The University of Alabama, the method could quicken a laborious task that slows drug discovery, according to findings in a paper published in the journal...

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Machine learning reveals metabolic pathways disrupted by the drugs, offering new targets to combat resistence

8.5.2019   |   Press monitoring

Most antibiotics work by interfering with critical functions such as DNA replication or construction of the bacterial cell wall. However, these mechanisms represent only part of the full picture of how antibiotics act. In a new study of antibiotic action, MIT researchers developed a new machine-learning approach to discover an additional...

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