Archive for bacteria

march 2015

A new stem cell advance
“Scientists produce hypothalamic neurons, which can help target a range of conditions by using lab dishes”
Hannah Robbins, Harvard Gazette Science and Health — March 2, 2015

A new understanding of Alzheimer’s
“…mitochondria — cellular power plants — might be at the center of the disease”
Peter Reuell, Harvard Gazette Science and Health — February 25, 2015

Brain Waves
“Basal forebrain neurons fine-tune consciousness by synchronizing rhythms in the cortex”
Jake Miller, Harvard Medical News — March 2, 2015

Perception of food consumption overrides reality
“Research suggests anti-aging benefits of calorie restriction without the restriction”
Karen Feldscher, Harvard School of Public Health Communications — February 26, 2015

background: proteins

Strike a Pose
“The structure of our proteins informs how we function”
Stephanie Dutchen, Assembled with care, Harvard Medical School–Winter 2015


Bionic Leaf
“Researchers use bacteria to convert solar energy into liquid fuel”
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical news — February 9, 2015

A trap for greenhouse gas
“Microcapsule method offers new approach to carbon capture and storage at power plants”
Harvard University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — February 5, 2015


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October 2014: 2

Airway muscle-on-a-chip mimics asthma
“Tissue-level model of human airway musculature could pave way for patient-specific asthma treatments”
Wyss Institute for Biological Research, Harvard University — September 23, 2014

And so they beat on, flagella against the cantilever
“Monitoring the isolated vibrations of E. coli on a cantilever allows scientists to assess colony health in real time – a potential new screen for antibiotics and cancer drugs”
Applied Physics Letters — September 16, 2014

Our T-cells have been hiding something: Another way to kill bacteria
Tom Ulrich, Vector blog, Boston Children’s Hospital — September 24, 2014

Parasitic DNA stops “jumping” when protein takes charge
University of Rochester News Center — September 23, 2014

Unravelling cell division
Microtubules stretch dividing and tangled chromosomes
Centre for Genomic Regulation — September 15, 2014


Boosting armor for nuclear-waste eating microbes
Gemma Reguera, Michigan State University News — September 12, 2014


Improving Babies’ Language Skills Before They’re Even Old Enough to Speak
“A Rutgers researcher focuses infants on noticing the sounds that are most important”
Rob Forman, Rutgers University News — September 30, 2014

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October 2014: 1

Blood Cleanser for Sepsis
“Dialysis-like ‘biospleen’ quickly filters bacteria, fungi and toxins”
Kristen Kusek, Harvard Medical News — September 15, 2014

Cancer Immunotherapy on the Cusp
“HMS discoveries inspire treatments that free the immune system to fight tumors”
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical News — September 5, 2014

Pancreatic Cancer Insight
“Study reveals gene expression patterns in circulating tumor cells”
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medical News — September 24, 2014

Scientists discover an on/off switch for aging cells
“The switch controls the growth of telomeres, the timekeepers of cells”
Salk Institute News — September 19, 2014

Sensory Sensitivity
“Stimulation and deprivation alter vascular structure in the brain”
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical News — September 4, 2014

Zebrafish Model of a Learning and Memory Disorder Shows Better Way to Target Treatment
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania — September 11, 2014

Dark matter

Particle detector finds hints of dark matter in space
“Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer detects positrons in cosmic ray flux that hint at dark matter’s origin”
Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office —  September 18, 2014

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August 2014: 3

Study finds coronary arteries hold heart-regenerating cells
Leigh MacMillan, ResearchNews@Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University Medical Center — Aug. 20, 2014

The channel that relaxes DNA
“Relaxing DNA strands using nano-channels: instructions for use
SISSA International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste — August 19, 2014

“Trojan horse” treatment could beat brain tumours
“A smart technology which involves smuggling gold nanoparticles into brain cancer cells has proven highly effective in lab-based tests”
University of Cambridge Research News — August 13, 2014

Zipper Triggers Bacterial Invasion
“Freiburg researchers discover new strategy germs use to invade cells”
University of Freiburg, Newsroom 2014 — August 8, 2014

One in three cases of Alzheimer’s worldwide potentially preventable, new estimate suggests
University of Cambridge Research News — July 14, 2014


Origami robot folds itself up, crawls away
“Prototype made almost entirely of printable parts demonstrates crucial capabilities of reconfigurable robots”
Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office — August 7, 2014

Completely off topic

Feeling bad at work can be a good thing
University of Liverpool, University News — August 20, 2014

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July 2014: 3

Protein’s “hands” enable bacteria to establish infection, research finds
Kansas State University, News and Communications —  July 15, 2014

Managing Ecosystems Via Genomics
“New genome editing tool offers strategy to manage insect-borne disease”
Kristen Kusek, Harvard Medical News — July 17, 2014

Study shows epigenetic changes can drive cancer
Dipali Pathak, News Office, Baylor College of Medicine — July 25, 2014

New drug target can break down cancer’s barrier against treatment
Cancer Research UK, press release — July 27, 2014

Scientists Discover New Mechanism of Drug Resistance
“Microorganisms can evade treatment through temporary changes”
Marla Vacek Broadfoot, Office of News and Communication, Duke University — July 27, 2014

 BU Researchers Discover that Klotho is Neuroprotective Against Alzheimer’s Disease Toxic Amyloid
Boston University Medical Center, Health & Medicine, News Releases — July 28, 2014


Penn Study: Understanding Graphene’s Electrical Properties on an Atomic Level
Evan Lerner, Penn News, University of Pennsylvania — July 15, 2014

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April 2014: 2

Genetic circuits research
The Elowitz Lab, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, 2014

It Takes Two
“Microbial molecule stimulates both arms of the immune system to quell inflammation”
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical News — April 9, 2014

Milestones in synthetic (micro)biology (pdf)
Editorial, Nature Reviews — May 2014

Antibiotic matters

A potential new target to thwart antibiotic resistance
Wyss Institute —  June 10, 2013

New method could help dodge harmful side effects of antibiotics
Truth Drive News Desk — July 4, 2013

Overcoming Resistance
“In the face of bacterial threats that can evade modern medicines, researchers are trying every trick in the book to develop new, effective antibiotics”
Staff writer, The Scientist — April 1, 2014

Unsolved drugs (abstract for non-subscribers — better source coming soon)
“A simmering controversy surrounds what’s still unknown about how antibiotics kill”
Beth Mole, — April 18, 2014

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March 2014: 5

Bacterial reporters that get the scoop
Kristen Kusek, Press Contact, Wyss Institute, Harvard University — Mar 17, 2014

Bone Repair by Silk
“Silkworm-derived surgical devices may be superior to metal and synthetics-based plates and screws in bone.\”
Bonnie Prescott, Harvard Medical News — March 11, 2014

Cells get ready for their close-up
“New microscopy technique captures 3-D images of cells as they flow through a microfluidic channel”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — March 20, 2014

Researchers develop device that simulates gastro-intestinal tract
University of Huddersfield, UK — March 28, 2014

The Aging Brain Needs REST
“Research implicates new player in Alzheimer’s and other dementias”
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical News — March 19, 2014

Multiple RNA functions

A novel mechanism for fast regulation of gene expression
“Messenger RNA normally tells cellular machinery which protein to make. But sometimes it has a secret mission as well”
Diana Lutz, Newsroom, Washington University St. Louis — March 18, 2014

Study of complete RNA collection of fruit fly uncovers unprecedented complexity
“1,468 new genes discovered”
Indiana University Bloomington Newsroom — March 17, 2014

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