Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology antibiotics bacteria competition drug-resistance genetic-engineering immune-systems parasites

Tiny device detects harmful bacteria in blood

A tiny device that detects bacteria in blood could help diagnose and fight deadly infections, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
March 23, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria blood drug-resistance e-coli infections

Cancer cell scavengers gobble up dead cells for fuel

Drug resistance is a major challenge in the fight against cancer. A new discovery could offer a way to overcome the obstacle.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine
March 20, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer drug-resistance tumors

How soap works to keep you healthy

You know that washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent infections with bacteria and viruses. But how does soap work?

Carol Clark-Emory
March 19, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine bacteria covid-19 drug-resistance skin viruses

Nanotech ‘traps and zaps’ antibiotic-resistant genes

A new method could tackle the antibiotic-resistant genes of superbug bacteria with a "trap and zap" method. It could keep resistance from spreading.

Mike Williams-Rice
March 12, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics catalysts drug-resistance nanotechnology wastewater-treatment

25% of hospitalized kids get antibiotics they don’t need

One in four kids at children's hospitals taking antibiotics either got the wrong drugs, one that's unncessary, or took them longer than they should have.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University
Jan. 29, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics childrens-health drug-resistance hospitals

Our pee could become fertilizer with low drug-resistance risk

"Aging" urine can deactivate 99% of antibiotic-resistant genes in bacteria in the urine, research finds. That means the pee could be safe fertilizer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan
Jan. 24, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine drug-resistance fertilizer sustainability urine wastewater-treatment

2 ways sewage plants can remove more medicine from water

Wastewater treatment plants have a mixed record of removing medicines like antibiotics and antidepressants, research shows, but there are ways to do better.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo
Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine antibiotics antidepressants drug-resistance medications wastewater-treatment water

2 new vaccine strategies may outsmart staph bacteria

Vaccinating pregnant women or newborn babies against staph bacteria may be an effective way to fight dangerous infections, research with mice finds.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University
Dec. 26, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics bacteria drug-resistance infections mrsa staphylococcus vaccines

Molecular drill destroys deadly superbugs

A new molecular drill can target and destroy drug-resistant bacteria within minutes—and can even make the antibiotics effective again.

Mike Williams-Rice
Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics bacteria drug-resistance superbugs

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