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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

A Bdelloid rotifer under a microscope.

Tiny Animals' Stolen Antibiotic Recipes Could Lead to New Human Medicines

A group of small, freshwater animals protect themselves from infections using antibiotic recipes “stolen” from bacteria, according to new research. The tiny creatures are called bdelloid rotifers, which means "crawling wheel-animals."
Stands of DNA with green coding overlay.

Genome Recording Strategy Enables Cells To Keep a History of Past Events

A new genome recording strategy aims to turn cells into their own historians, by storing information about transient biological events inside living cells.
A man holds a tissue to his nose.

Enzyme-Powered “Snot Bots” Help Deliver Drugs in Sticky Situations

Tiny, enzyme-powered "snot bots" can push through the sticky defensive mucus layer, helping to deliver drugs more efficiently.
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Risk of Long COVID Decreased Significantly Throughout the Pandemic

The risk of developing long COVID has decreased significantly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with about 70% of the risk reduction attributed to vaccination.
Illustration of hands using tweezers and scissors to edit DNA.

Novel CRISPR Method Teaches Gene Scissors To Detect RNA

CRISPR-Cas systems have become a plentiful source of technologies for molecular diagnostics and researchers have now developed a novel method that enables the detection of RNA with Cas12 nucleases, which naturally target DNA.
Pigs in close proximity to each other, with one looking at the camera.

Intensive Farming Raises the Risk of Future Pandemics, Say Researchers

A new study finds that intensifying agriculture could contribute to emerging infectious disease risk.
A woman lying in a hospital bed.

Co-Infections From Bartonella and Babesia Detected in Humans for the First Time

Bartonella and Babesia co-infection was detected for the first time in six of seven patients with chronic, non-specific illness.
A virus with sucker-like protrusions from its surface.

Discovery of Giant Viruses in Ancient Microbes Offers New Clues to How Life Evolved

A new study has revealed a surprising twist in the evolutionary history of complex life, as a single-celled organism is found to harbor the remnants of ancient viruses in its genome.
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E. coli Variant in Dogs May Cause Antimicrobial Resistance in Both Dogs and Humans

Researchers studying antimicrobial-resistant E. coli – the leading cause of human death due to antimicrobial resistance worldwide – have identified a mechanism in dogs that may render multiple antibiotic classes ineffective.
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Researchers Develop Smallest Free-Floating Bubbles for Medical Imaging, Drug Delivery

Bioengineering researchers at Rice University have developed ultrasmall, stable gas-filled protein nanostructures that could revolutionize ultrasound imaging and drug delivery.