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How Fungus-Farming Ants Might Help us Develop New Antibiotics

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Scientists are trying to develop new antibiotics for humans from the bacteria leafcutter ants are carrying on their bodies to protect the fungus they farm from other microbes.

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Why Does Stinky Cheese Stink?

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Some cheeses, like Epoisses, are so legendarily stinky they’re supposedly banned on public transit in France. It’s the chemistry of washed-rind cheeses that makes them such a smelly food.

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Exploring 5 Successful Microbial Symbioses

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Our environment is filled with a multitude of microbes, some harmful others not. However, some organisms have taken coexisting a step further and developed relationships, or symbioses, with microbial partners. Here we consider some of the successful symbiotic relationships found in nature.

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The Agricultural Perspective on Water Contamination by Pharmaceuticals

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Despite centuries of research into drug development, investigation into the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals is a much younger field. If not treated effectively, there is the potential for pharmaceuticals in wastewater to affect the agricultural industry through the use of this contaminated water supply.

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Secrets of Deadly Nipah Virus Revealed by Super-Resolution Microscope

Secrets of Deadly Nipah Virus Revealed by Super-Resolution Microscope

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The deadly Nipah virus and others like it assemble themselves in a much more haphazard manner than previously thought, new research has found.

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Why Do Some Microbes Live in Your Gut While Others Don’t?
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Researchers have found a new approach to identifying the genes that may be important to help microbes live successfully in the human gut.

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Sprouty 1 and Sprouty 2 Offer Potential to Combat Cancer
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Two molecules, Sprouty 1 and Sprouty 2, modify the survival of effector T cells and the development of memory CD8 T cells. These findings offer promising potential for immunotherapeutic strategies to combat cancer and chronic infections.

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A Bacteria-Powered Battery Made of Paper!
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A new type of battery – made of paper and fuelled by bacteria - could overcome the challenges of supplying power in remote or poor regions.

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Current Trends in Bispecifics, Dual-action and Combination Therapies
Current Trends in Bispecifics, Dual-action and Combination Therapies
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It’s becoming increasingly apparent that treatments for complex diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and depression are unlikely to target a single molecule in the pathological pathway. Drug developers are turning to new ways to exploit more than one drug target at a time.

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One-Way vs Two-Way ANOVA: Differences, Assumptions and Hypotheses
One-Way vs Two-Way ANOVA: Differences, Assumptions and Hypotheses
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A key statistical test in research fields including biology, economics and psychology, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) is very useful for analyzing datasets. It allows comparisons to be made between three or more groups of data. Here, we summarize the key differences between these two tests, including the assumptions and hypotheses that must be made about each type of test.

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Biosafety and the Agents of Doom
Biosafety and the Agents of Doom
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To combat harmful pathogens it is vitally important that scientists have facilities available that enable them to work on them safely. These facilities should prevent the operator from becoming infected with the agent they are working with and prevent the organism from escaping the laboratory setting and potentially initiating new outbreaks of disease.

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Cell Culture Quality Control: Blissful Ignorance?
Cell Culture Quality Control: Blissful Ignorance?
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How can quality control efforts keep up with the rapid advances in cellular model research? Read on for insights into challenges in recognizing and managing issues in cell culture quality control

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Safe Guarding Your Food from Harmful Microorganisms and the Impact of Our Changing Climate
Safe Guarding Your Food from Harmful Microorganisms and the Impact of Our Changing Climate
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Prevention and detection of harmful microorganisms within the food industry, be it in your own kitchen, during the production chain or right back at the producer is imperative to keeping consumers healthy. Changes occurring in our climate are also causing shifts in the niches inhabited by microbes, and scientists must keep ahead of the game to prevent emerging issues.

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Clinical Microbial Identification by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
Clinical Microbial Identification by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
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Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) is a powerful analytical mass spectrometry technique that has generated numerous diagnostic and clinical applications, especially for the identification of microorganisms for medical diagnosis. Here we take a look at the role of MALDI-TOF in clinical microbial identification and what its future looks like.

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