Just like humans, microbes have equipped themselves with tools to recognize and defend themselves against viral invaders. In a continual evolutionary battle between virus and host, CRISPR-Cas act as a major driving force of strain diversity in host-virus systems.
Johns Hopkins is busy on an ambitious development plan for a product that would protect against tissue damage resulting from spinal cord injuriesâespecially for soldiers who get wounded in the field, but for the public, as well. The $13.5 million program will aim to develop implantable ultrasound devices that could revolutionize care for the 17,000 […]
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A rapid and simple method for testing the efficacy of antibacterial drugs on infectious microbes has been developed and validated.
Researchers have discovered a novel antiviral strategy for treatment of COVID-19 using existing metallodrugs.
Growing global demand for palm oil has led to a rapid spread of oil palm monoculture plantations in South East Asia, often associated with the loss of habitats and biodiversity. Plantations are uniformly structured, offering little space for different species. Diversification using indigenous tree species can help. Researchers found diversification can be encouraged through information campaigns and free seedlings.
The dominant thinking in evolution focuses on inheritance between parent and offspring – or ‘vertical gene transfer (VGT)’. But now scientists are paying more attention to ‘horizontal gene transfer (HGT)’: the transmission of DNA other than from parent to offspring, as this transfer can tell us about the evolution of a number of other organisms such as bacteria. It can also help us to better understand antibiotic resistance.