Erwin Swinnen

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By wrapping itself in antibodies, this bacterium may become a stable, beneficial part of the gut

Antibodies are one of the body’s most effective defenses against microbial pathogens. But at least one of these immune system proteins helps an …

That gut feeling: Would you have a poo transplant to make you happy?

<b>Scientists think they know the secret to making you happy and healthy. They have discovered the way to cure cancer, depression, Parkinson’s, and</b> …

Probiotic bacteria spray eases severe eczema safely in small study

I lived with the painful skin condition for years. But when my daughter began tearing at her hands during eczema flare ups, I signed us up for a clinical trial.<p>Her hands were bloodied and oozing, yet she was compelled to dig her fingernails in deeper — the pain worth it, if it would quell the urge …

University of California

Can You Change Your Microbiome? — NOVA Next | PBS

“I can’t believe it—he’s a chatterbox!” Samantha Jones* shrieked with delight.<p>Her autistic son was typically quiet, nearly non-verbal most of his …

Plants 'talk to' each other through their roots

Plants use their roots to “listen in” on their neighbours, according to research that adds to evidence that plants have their own unique forms of communication.<p>The study found that plants in a crowded environment secrete chemicals into the soil that prompt their neighbours to grow more …

Botany

How bacteria are not only resisting antibiotics, but eating them too

As if it's not bad enough that bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to our best antibiotics – some bugs are even <i>eating</i> the drugs. An …

Bugs 'talk to each other' to dodge antibiotics

Bacteria communicate by sending distress signals to each other, helping them to avoid certain antibiotics.<p>The finding could help researchers come up with new tools in the fight against antibiotic resistance as it shows how bacteria develop protective behaviours against certain drugs.<p>Researchers …

Bill Gates Wants You to Watch These 9 TED Talks

You can read what Gates called "one of the most important" books he's ever read, or you can watch these short but amazing TED Talks.<p>In an interview published in <i>Time</i> magazine earlier today, Bill Gates said that the late Hans Rosling's book <i>Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why</i> …

Bill Gates

'Natural insecticide' kills advanced prostate cancer cells

One of the hallmarks of advanced prostate cancer is a faulty PTEN tumor suppressor gene. Now, after screening compounds for their effect on cells …

What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean

LDL used to be the “bad cholesterol” and HDL the “good cholesterol.” That’s the tidy story I learned in my grad school lipids class 13 years ago, but …

Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man's heart

After Yale doctors replaced a major blood vessel in a 76-year-old man's heart, his chest became infected with bacteria.<p>The usual solution would be to …

Do Antidepressants Work?

More people in the United States are on antidepressants, as a percentage of the population, than any other country in the world. And yet the drugs’ efficacy has been hotly debated.<p>Some believe that the short-term benefits are much more modest than widely thought, and that harms may outweigh …

Clinical Trials

DNA tests can predict intelligence, scientists show for first time

Intelligence could be measured with a swab of saliva, or drop of blood, after scientists showed for the first time that a person’s IQ can be predicted just by studying their DNA.<p>In the largest ever study looking at the genetic basis for intelligence, researchers at the University of Edinburgh and …

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests.<p>The largest ever study into the genetic basis of empathy, suggests that just 10 per cent of the variation between people’s compassion and understanding is down to genes.<p>It means, the vast majority of a person's ability to recognise and …

When Poop Becomes Medicine

Once a weird, fringe treatment, fecal transplants have started becoming mainstream.<p>In 1957, a young microbiologist named Stanley Falkow started asking sick people to swallow their own poop.<p>Falkow was working as a technician in a hospital lab at a time when patients were besieged by a rogue strain …

Medicine

How Cells Pack Tangled DNA Into Neat Chromosomes

A human cell carries in its nucleus two meters of spiraling DNA, split up among the 46 slender, double-helical molecules that are its chromosomes. …

A ‘Grueling and Grotesque’ Biohacking Experiment

In 2016, Josiah Zayner, a former synthetic biology research scientist at NASA, checked himself into a hotel room. Over the course of four days, he performed an extremely risky experiment on himself. The goal: “To completely replace all of the bacteria that are contained within my body.”

Scientists Have Discovered a Potential New Antibiotic—In Dirt

The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United …

The "father of artificial intelligence" says singularity is 30 years away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when …

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

<b>Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.</b><p>The team used microwave energy to align two electron particles suspended in silicon, then used them to perform a set of test calculations.<p>By using silicon, the scientists hope that …

Quantum Computing

Ultra-Processed Food Linked to Cancer, Study Says

Processed snacks, drinks and desserts may be associated with a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study.<p>The research, published Wednesday in</i> …

DIY faecal transplants carry risks including HIV and hepatitis, warn experts

Concerns have been raised about the growing trend for DIY faecal transplants, with experts fearing such attempts could put individuals at an increased risk of HIV and hepatitis as well as conditions ranging from Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis to obesity and sleep disorders.<p>The transfer of …

Medicine

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

By Amy Ellis Nutt<p>, Reporter<p><i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was …

The Brain

'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

Inventions

Cancer 'vaccine' eliminated all tumors in mice, human trials being conducted

A new approach to fighting cancerous tumors in mice by Stanford University researchers has been found to not only eliminate the tumors they targeted, …

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Two types of bacteria commonly found in the gut work together to fuel the growth of colon tumors, researchers reported on Thursday.<p>Their study, published in the journal Science, describes what may be a hidden cause of colon cancer, the third most common cancer in the United States. The research …

Cancer

Blood test detects proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> A team of scientists from Australia and Japan has developed a blood test to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease.<p>The noninvasive test was developed to detect the presence of the toxic protein amyloid beta, known to be present in people affected by the disease, and did so with 90% …

Alzheimer's Disease

Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows

New science sheds more light on recent controversy over how much the large carnivores are being impacted by melting sea ice.<p>Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina …

Global Warming

How Math Can Help Unravel the Weird Interactions of Microbes

Over the past century, scientists have become adept at plotting the ecological interactions of the diverse organisms that populate the planet’s …