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October 21, 2020

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Microbial Diversity Below Seafloor Is as Rich as on Earth's Surface

For the first time, researchers have mapped the biological diversity of marine sediment, one of Earth's largest global biomes. The research team discovered that microbial diversity in the dark, ...

CRISPR Meets Pac-Man: New DNA Cut-and-Paste Tool Enables Bigger Gene Edits

Gene editing for the development of new treatments, and for studying disease as well as normal function in humans and other organisms, may advance more quickly with a new tool for cutting larger ...

Scientists Find Medieval Plague Outbreaks Picked Up Speed Over 300 Years

Researchers who analyzed thousands of documents covering a 300-year span of plague outbreaks in London, England, have estimated that the disease spread four times faster in the 17th century than it ...

Those Funky Cheese Smells Allow Microbes to 'Talk' to and Feed Each Other

Researchers found that bacteria essential to ripening cheese can sense and respond to compounds produced by fungi in the rind and released into the air, enhancing the growth of some species of ...
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Researchers have identified a number of 'silent' mutations in the roughly 30,000 letters of the COVID-19 virus's genetic code that helped it thrive once it made the leap from bats and ...

Researchers Find Diverse Communities Comprise Bacterial Mats Threatening Coral Reefs

A research team found that cyanobacterial mats threatening the health of coral reefs are more diverse and complex than scientists previously ...

Inexpensive and Rapid Testing of Drugs for Resistant Infections Possible

A rapid and simple method for testing the efficacy of antibacterial drugs on infectious microbes has been developed and ...

Machine Learning Uncovers Potential New TB Drugs

Using a machine-learning approach that incorporates uncertainty, researchers identified several promising compounds that target a protein required for the survival of the bacteria that cause ...

Novel Antiviral Strategy for Treatment of COVID-19

Researchers have discovered a novel antiviral strategy for treatment of COVID-19 using existing ...

Australian Carp Virus Plan 'Dead in the Water'

Plans to release a virus to reduce numbers of invasive Common Carp in Australia are unlikely to work and should be dropped, researchers ...

COVID-19 Rapid Test Has Successful Lab Results, Research Moves to Next Stages

Rapid detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in about 30 seconds following the test, has had successful preliminary results. The test uses a nanotube-based electrochemical biosensor, a similar technology ...

Scientists Shed New Light on Viruses' Role in Coral Bleaching

Scientists have shown that viral infection is involved in coral bleaching - the breakdown of the symbiotic relationship between corals and the algae they rely on for ...

Swine Coronavirus Replicates in Human Cells

A strain of coronavirus that has devastated the pork industry has the potential to infect humans as well, according to new ...

Bacterial Toxin With Healing Effect

A bacterial toxin promoting tissue healing has been discovered. The compound, found in Staphylococcus aureus, does not just damage cells, but also stimulates tissue ...

On the Trail of Novel Infectious Agents in Wildlife

A research team investigated the causes of severe respiratory disease in peccaries and taxonomically characterized a novel Streptococcus species (Streptococcus catagoni sp. nov.) based on its ...

Computer Model Uses Virus 'Appearance' to Better Predict Winter Flu Strains

Combining genetic and experimental data into models about the influenza virus can help predict more accurately which strains will be most common during the next winter, says a study published ...

Study First to Tally Biomass from Oceanic Plastic Debris Using Visualization Method

Scientists examined cell abundances, size, cellular carbon mass, and how photosynthetic cells differ on polymeric and glass substrates over time, exploring nanoparticle generation from plastic like ...

Stopping Lethal Lung Damage from the Flu With a Natural Human Protein

The raging lung inflammation that can contribute to death from the flu can be stopped in its tracks by a drug derived from a naturally occurring human protein, a new animal study ...

Scientists Engineer Bacteria-Killing Molecules from Wasp Venom

Scientists have engineered powerful new antimicrobial molecules from toxic proteins found in wasp venom. The team hopes to develop the molecules into new bacteria-killing drugs, an important ...

Mechanical Forces of Biofilms Could Play Role in Infections

Studying bacterial biofilms, scientists have discovered that mechanical forces within them are sufficient to deform the soft material they grow on, e.g. biological tissues, suggesting a ...

HIV Up Close: Unprecedented View of Virus Reveals Essential Steps for Causing AIDS

Accomplishing a feat that had been a pipe dream for decades, scientists have recreated in a test tube the first steps of infection by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS ...

Study Finds Fungal Disease of Snakes in 19 States, Puerto Rico

Researchers surveyed for an infection caused by an emerging fungal pathogen that afflicts snakes. The research effort found infected snakes in 19 states and Puerto Rico, demonstrating that the fungus ...

Setting a TRAP for Pandemic-Causing Viruses

A new laboratory technique quickly sifts through trillions of synthetic proteins to find ones that can target viruses, helping healthcare authorities rapidly respond to evolving ...

Understanding the Progress of Viral Infections

Researchers have created a viral expression model that can be used to simulate and analyze a large number of viral infections -- including the one with ...

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