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New research identifies plant cell wall sensing mechanism

An international collaboration of plant researchers this week reports yet another newly discovered role for the versatile receptor kinase, FERONIA, in the model plant Arabidopsis. The researchers ...

Thu 15 Feb 18 from Phys.org

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Evolutionary origin of termite gut microbiome revealed

Researchers have shown that the bacterial communities in termite guts came about through both inheritance and transfer between colonies.

Fri 16 Feb 18 from ScienceDaily

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New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

The compounds are called malacidins and can kill several stubborn infections, including superbug MRSA.

Wed 14 Feb 18 from BBC News

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Scientists unearth secrets of Sir Alexander Fleming's medical breakthroughs

A century after Sir Alexander Fleming made two of the most important medical breakthroughs, scientists have unlocked the secret of how his discoveries may contribute to recurrent patient infections.

Thu 15 Feb 18 from Phys.org

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Beewolves have been successfully using the same antibiotics for 68 million years

The discovery of penicillin about 90 years ago and the widespread introduction of antibiotics to combat infectious diseases have revolutionized human medicine. However, in recent decades, the ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Phys.org

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Claw-like nanowires filter bacteria from blood

A team of researchers from institutions across China has developed a new type of dialyser —one capable of capturing up to 97 percent of bacteria present in a blood sample. In their paper published ...

Tue 13 Feb 18 from Phys.org

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Surprise finding points to DNA's role in shaping cells

As a basic unit of life, the cell is one of the most carefully studied components of all living organisms. Yet details on basic processes such as how cells are shaped have remained a mystery. ...

Thu 8 Feb 18 from Phys.org

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What makes the bacteria behind Lyme disease tick?

Connecticut residents are all too familiar with Lyme disease, but the precise mechanisms of how humans become infected are still unclear. Researchers from UConn Health are advancing the understanding ...

Thu 8 Feb 18 from Medical Xpress

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Sticking sugar to protein

ETH researchers have succeeded in determining the 3-D structure of the enzyme that attaches sugar chains to proteins – a breakthrough that they recently published in the journal Science.

Thu 8 Feb 18 from Phys.org

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New technology could reduce spread of antibiotic resistance genes through compost

Scientists at the University of York have found a way to remove antibiotic resistant genes from industrial compost, which could prevent them entering the food chain.

Wed 7 Feb 18 from Phys.org

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