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Absent microbial teachers and immunological hooliganism

The trillions of microbes that live in our gastrointestinal tract are known as the gut microbiome. It is an "acquired organ" of the body that is essential for the development of immune and metabolic systems and for nutrient digestion and absorption, among other things. As... click to read more

  • Jun Miyoshi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD), The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • Eugene Chang | Professor at Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD), The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Views 1365
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 26, 2018
Consumed to death: bacteria cause their own extinction by over-polluting the environment

Living means consuming resources, we buy food to get fed, clothes to stay warm and burn oil and coal to have energy. Where things are consumed waste is produced. However, this waste does not simply disappear but mountains of trash form, plastic covers the ocean... click to read more

  • Christoph Ratzke | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Physics of Living Systems, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Jonas Denk | PhD student at Arnold-Sommerfeld-Center for Theoretical Physics and Center for NanoScience, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
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Reading time 2.5 min
published on Sep 11, 2018
Discovery of high-order drug synergies – from impossible to dirt cheap

By combining two or more drugs together (synergistic drug approach) it is possible to obtain a greater effect than with an individual drug alone. For example, the treatment of many diseases, ranging from cancer to tuberculosis to chronic diseases, depends on the use of three... click to read more

  • Murat Cokol | Associate Professor at Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
Views 1831
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2018
Killing C. difficile with targeted strikes

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes hundreds of thousands of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea cases every year, and these infections often prove fatal. Usually, C. difficile is unable to cause disease as the bacterium is kept in check by the friendly bacteria in the gut; the... click to read more

  • Joseph Kirk | Postdoctoral Research fellow at The Krebs Institute, MBB, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 24, 2018
The unexpected partner(s): a billion viruses

What constitutes a human body? What is it that makes your body, your own? If we begin to break it down, you can easily see that your body is covered with a layer of hair and skin. Beneath that lie your circulatory systems, bones and... click to read more

  • Jeremy J. Barr | Lecturer at School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 28, 2018