Topic: Infectious disease

How Tiny Tetherballs Can Lead to New Antibiotics

Jan. 10, 2018
Peptide Tethered to a Bacteria

Biologists engineer bacteria to make tiny tetherballs to combat antibiotic-resistant infections

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Improving Cancer Detection with Liquid Biopsies

Nov. 16, 2017
Liquid biopsy

Scientists are developing a set of medical tests called liquid biopsies that can rapidly detect the presence of cancers, infectious diseases and other conditions from only a small blood sample.

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Why Do Flu Pandemics Come At the End of Flu Season?

Oct. 19, 2017
Seasonal flu epidemic spread

Using supercomputer simulations, biologists may have solved a lonstanding mystery about the timing of global flu outrbreaks

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Discovery Might Help Prevent Dangerous Infections

May 22, 2017
Pseudomonas bacteria forming a biofilm

Special coatings on medical devices and hospital surfaces might block dangerous microbial biofilms from forming.

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Bacteria Show Capacity for Rapid, Beneficial Mutations

Aug. 2, 2016
Flasks of bacteria sampled over thousands of generations of evolutionary time

Researchers discovered that bacteria can evolve much more efficiently than once thought, which might help develop better ways to treat nasty infections.

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