Can algae-based nasal spray prevent COVID-19?

The nasal spray won't replace future COVID-19 vaccines, but could offer a first defense for people at high risk for contracting the virus, researchers say.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 plants viruses pathogens health-and-medicine

Ancient ‘gum’ reveals 5,000-year-old DNA

Researchers have extracted a whole human genome from 5,700-year-old "chewing gum." It could mark a new untapped source of ancient DNA.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dna food genomes pathogens science-and-technology ancient-history stone-age

Common cold virus sneaks in to infect placenta

The placenta acts as a gatekeeper during pregnancy, but a study that shows how RSV can infect the fetus suggests it's not as impenetrable as once thought.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: placenta pregnancy pathogens infections health-and-medicine rsv

Lab tests may misdiagnose 50% of diarrhea’s bacterial causes in kids

Conventional culture-based lab tests may misdiagnose as many as half of the microbial causes of diarrhea diseases in children

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Nov. 25, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: microbes microbiomes e-coli childrens-health pathogens health-and-medicine digestive-system

Salmonella strains are getting harder to treat

Salmonella is getting really good at antibiotic resistance. And it's moved beyond small children and the elderly to affect otherwise healthy adults, too.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State • futurity
Nov. 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: antibiotics drug-resistance salmonella pathogens health-and-medicine

‘Vaccine’ shields tomato plants from pathogen invaders

A natural chemical may offer a way to vaccinate tomato plants and boost defenses against a pest that makes their leaves shrivel up and die.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 23, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: food plants vaccines pathogens infections science-and-technology

Knocking out 1 protein may cure the common cold

"Our grandmas have always been asking us, 'If you're so smart, why haven't you come up with a cure for the common cold?' Now we have a new way to do that."

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: viruses pathogens infections featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

Invasive pests kill enough trees to hamper carbon storage

Invasive pests kill so many trees each year, they cut the carbon storage of forests by the equivalent of emissions from 5 million cars.

Brian Wallheimer-Purdue • futurity
Aug. 15, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: insects trees forests pathogens invasive-species earth-and-environment

Worms show the danger of lacking vitamin B12

Research with roundworms shows a direct link between a diet lacking B12 and an increased risk of infection from two deadly pathogens.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
March 15, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pathogens infections health-and-medicine vitamin-b

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