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      December 3, 2020

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      Researchers Discover Life in Deep Ocean Sediments at or Above Water's Boiling Point

      Biologists found single-celled organisms living in sediments 1180 meters beneath the ocean at temperatures of 120 degrees ...

      Scientists Discover Role of Protein in Detecting the Common Cold Virus

      The role of a protein in detecting the common cold virus and kickstarting an immune response to fight infection has been uncovered by a team of ...

      'Anti-Antibiotic' Allows for Use of Antibiotics Without Driving Resistance

      An inexpensive, FDA-approved drug -- cholestyramine -- taken in conjunction with an antibiotic prevents the antibiotic from driving antimicrobial resistance, according to new ...

      New Method Identifies Adaptive Mutations in Complex Evolving Populations

      A scientist has developed a method to study how HIV mutates to escape the immune system in multiple individuals, which could inform HIV vaccine ...
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      New Device Offers Faster Way to Detect Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

      A new device for faster testing of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been ...

      Microfluidic System With Cell-Separating Powers May Unravel How Novel Pathogens Attack

      To develop effective therapeutics against pathogens, scientists need to first uncover how they attack host cells. An efficient way to conduct these investigations on an extensive scale is through ...

      Black Bear Gut Biome Surprisingly Simple

      In recent decades, researchers have found that most mammals' guts are surprisingly complex environments - home to a variety of microbial ecosystems that can profoundly affect an animal's ...

      Chemical Compounds in Foods Can Inhibit a Key SARS-CoV-2 Enzyme, Study Finds

      Chemical compounds in foods or beverages like green tea, muscadine grapes and dark chocolate can bind to and block the function of a particular enzyme, or protease, in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according ...

      Microbiota Linked to Dynamics of Human Immune System

      Researchers have uncovered an important finding about the relationship between the microbiota and the immune system, showing for the first time that the concentration of different types of immune ...

      Experimental Vaccine for Deadly Tickborne Virus Effective in Cynomolgus Macaques

      An experimental vaccine developed in Europe to prevent infection by Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) has protected cynomolgus macaques in a new collaborative study. The study comes about ...

      Caribbean Coral Reefs Under Siege from Aggressive Algae

      Human activity endangers coral health around the world. A new algal threat is taking advantage of coral's already precarious situation in the Caribbean and making it even harder for reef ...

      HIV-Like Virus Edited out of Primate Genome

      Taking a major step forward in HIV research, scientists have successfully edited SIV - a virus closely related to HIV, the cause of AIDS - from the genomes of non-human ...

      Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Vitamin D Levels

      Researchers discovered that the makeup of a person's gut microbiome is linked to their levels of active vitamin D, and revealed a new understanding of vitamin D and how it's typically ...

      Gut Microbes: A Key to Normal Sleep

      Researchers used a cocktail of antibiotics to deplete gut microbes in mice. They found that metabolites in the gut differed in these mice compared with controls. In particular, metabolic pathways ...

      Detecting Bacteria With Fluorescent Nanosensors

      Researchers have developed a new method for detecting bacteria and infections. They use fluorescent nanosensors to track down pathogens faster and more easily than with established ...

      The Genetic Blueprint That Results in Foot-and-Mouth Being So Infectious

      Scientists have conducted a 'molecular dissection' of a part of the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease, to try and understand why the pathogen is so infectious. A team of scientists ...

      Genes Unlock Clues to the Evolution and Survival of the Great Barrier Reef

      Innovative molecular techniques explain how corals on the east coast of Australia survived previous tough conditions--enabling the Great Barrier Reef to become the vast reef it is today. Scientists ...

      Small Molecules Control Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics

      Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine by providing effective treatments for infectious diseases such as cholera. But the pathogens that cause disease are increasingly developing resistance to the ...

      Specific Bacterium in the Gut Linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

      Researchers have detected a connection between Brachyspira, a genus of bacteria in the intestines, and IBS -- especially the form that causes diarrhea. Although the discovery needs confirmation in ...

      New Study Explains Important Cause of Fatal Influenza

      It is largely unknown why influenza infections lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. Researchers have now described important findings leading to so-called superinfections, which claim ...

      New Insights Into How the CRISPR Immune System Evolved

      Although CRISPR-Cas has found many uses in biotechnology and medicine, it originates in nature, where it functions as a microbial immune system. Scientists shed new light on how CRISPR-Cas emerged ...

      Research Creates Hydrogen-Producing Living Droplets, Paving Way for Alternative Future Energy Source

      Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in ...

      Microbes Help Unlock Phosphorus for Plant Growth

      A research team has shown that microbes taken from trees growing beside pristine mountain-fed streams in Western Washington could make phosphorus trapped in soils more accessible to agricultural ...

      Commonly Used Antibiotic Shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

      Researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline ...

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