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September 28, 2020

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Magnetic 'T-Budbots' Made from Tea Plants Kill and Clean Biofilm

Biofilms -- microbial communities that form slimy layers on surfaces -- are difficult to treat and remove, often because the microbes release molecules that block the entry of antibiotics and other ...

Switching Up: Marine Bacteria Shift Between Lifestyles to Get the Best Resources

Researchers have found that marine bacteria exploit resource patches efficiently by switching between attached and planktonic lifestyles, and ...

Customizable Synthetic Antibiotic Outmaneuvers Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most urgent public health threats. In the United States alone, tens of thousands of deaths result each year from drug-resistant strains of common bacteria ...

Researchers Discover How Worms Pass Down Knowledge Through the Generations

Researchers have discovered that the microscopic roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans recognizes a small RNA made by a pathogenic bacterium, and uses that RNA to convey learned avoidance of the bacterium ...
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Inducing Plasma in Biomass Could Make Biogas Easier to Produce

Producing biogas from the bacterial breakdown of biomass presents options for a greener energy future, but the complex composition of biomass comes with challenges. Cellulose and woody lignocellulose ...

Small 'Cain-and-Abel' Molecule Discovered

A new bacterial molecule with the unsavory tendency to track down and kill others of its own kind has been discovered in the human microbiome. Named Streptosactin, it is the first small molecule ...

When Methane-Eating Microbes Eat Ammonia Instead

As a side effect of their metabolism, microorganisms living on methane can also convert ammonia. In the process, they produce nitric oxide (NO), a central molecule in the global nitrogen cycle. ...

Stronger Bones Thanks to Heat and Microbiota

Osteoporosis is characterized by a deterioration of the bones and an increased risk of fractures. With one third of postmenopausal women affected, it is a major public health problem. A research team ...

Uncovering the Science of Indigenous Fermentation

Wine scientists are shedding scientific light on the processes underlying traditional practices of Australian Aboriginal people to produce fermented beverages. The scientists have discovered the ...

Gut Microbiome Data May Be Helpful in Routine Screening of Cardiovascular Disease

Previous studies have found the human gut microbiome, bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). This study used machine learning to analyze data from ...

Newly mated queens of the red fire ant select nest sites with a relatively low pathogen risk by detecting odors produced by soil bacteria that inhibit the growth of ant-infecting fungi, according to ...

Anti-Bacterial Graphene Face Masks

Researchers have successfully produced laser-induced graphene masks with an anti-bacterial efficiency of 80 percent, which can be enhanced to almost 100 percent within 10 minutes under sunlight. ...

Velcro-Like Food Sensor Detects Spoilage and Contamination

Engineers have designed a Velcro-like food sensor, made from an array of silk microneedles, that pierces through plastic packaging to sample food for signs of spoilage and bacterial ...

In Ancient Giant Viruses Lies the Truth Behind Evolution of Nucleus in Eukaryotic Cells

An exchange of genetic material that occurred when ancient giant viruses infected ancient eukaryotic cells could have caused the nucleus of the eukaryotic cell -- its defining feature -- to form. A ...

Bacteria Are in Key Role for Successful Recirculating Aquaculture Farming

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production sectors globally. Due to continuous growth, ecologically, economically and socially sustainable sites for aquaculture are already in use, ...

A New Method May Make Tomatoes Safer to Eat

When vegetable farmers harvest crops, they often rely on postharvest washing to reduce any foodborne pathogens, but a new study shows promise in reducing these pathogens -- as well as lowering labor ...

How to Capture Images of Cells at Work Inside Our Lungs

Scientists have discovered how to capture 'live' images of immune cells inside the lungs. The group is the first in the world to find a way to record, in real time, how the immune system ...

Antibiotics Affect Breast Milk Microbiota in Mothers of Preterm Infants, Study Finds

Researchers have found that mothers of preterm babies have highly individual breast milk microbiomes, and that even short courses of antibiotics have prolonged effects on the diversity and abundance ...

Wearable, Portable Invention Offers Options for Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

About 6 million people in the United States are affected by chronic wounds. Now, a team of innovators has developed a wearable solution that allows a patient to receive treatment without leaving ...

New Treatment for Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections

A new antibacterial agent that has been engineered to essentially hide from the human immune system may treat life-threatening MRSA infections. A new article provides details on the agent, which is ...

Newly Identified Gene Grants Tomatoes Resistance to Bacterial Speck Disease

Bacterial speck disease, which reduces both fruit yield and quality, has been a growing problem in tomatoes over the last five years. Because the culpable bacterium, Pseudomonas syringae, prefers a ...

An Unprecedented Discovery of Cell Fusion

Understanding how bacteria interact is critical to solving growing problems such as antibiotic resistance, in which infectious bacteria form defenses to thwart the medicines used to fight them. ...

Viruses on Glaciers Highlight Evolutionary Mechanism to Overcome Host Defenses

Scientists studying life on the surface of glaciers in the Arctic and Alps challenge assumptions on virus evolution. Their study shows that, contrary to expectations, the viruses on glaciers in the ...

Microbial Genetics: A Protean Pathogen

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is linked to increased risk of stomach cancer, and is genetically highly variable. A new study explores the role played by this diversity in the early phase of ...

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