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Scientists outsmart dangerous bacteria using infrared light

The pesky bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), best known for causing staph infections such as MRSA, ranges dramatically in form. In fact, recent studies indicate that S. aureus performs an efficient little microevolution to adapt to its host, so that it can evade the immune system and even …

T-cell receptor latches to skin cancer

<b>CARDIFF U. (UK) —</b> Scientists have engineered a T-cell receptor that binds to melanoma cells with a 30,000-fold improved affinity.<p>The researchers used …

Human liver tissue transplants in mice raise stem cell treatment hopes

Scientists have made pieces of human liver from stem cells and, by transplanting them into mice, have shown they behave like healthy organs.<p>Tiny …

'World's most mysterious manuscript' has genuine message

News<p><i>By Rossella Lorenzi</i><p><i>Discovery News</i><p>The Voynich Manuscript, an enigmatic book that has frustrated codebreakers and linguists for a century, contains a genuine message, according to a new computer analysis.<p>The study analyzed the unintelligible scripts that fill the about 250-page-long manuscript …

Look out -- nasty new mosquito is invading U.S.

News<p><i>By Marc Lallanilla</i><p>LiveScience<p>There's a new pest invading many American towns, and it's about as menacing as it sounds: the Asian tiger mosquito.<p>Named for the black-and-white stripes on its body, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) was first brought to Texas in a shipment of tires (which …

The Cure For Cancer Could Be Found In Space

Biologists find microgravity conditions are optimal for cancer research.<p>Cancer researchers looking for a breakthrough might want to relocate to the International Space Station. Biologists have found that microgravity research and other space-based experiments provide greater insight into abnormal …

Japanese people are more likely to reach 100 years old than anyone else in the world, a fact that some researchers attribute to their diet. So, are they right – and is eating tofu and squid the place to start? http://trib.al/3le5e5E (Photograph: Getty Images)

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How to discover an antibiotic: a historian's guide

Historians of science and medicine are often terrible killjoys when it comes to great stories about discovery and genius. We've been quick to point …

Poetic Justice: Filter Takes Machinery from Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria to Remove Antibiotics From Water

The world is awash in antibiotics. We take them to fight off the bacteria that mean to colonize us. We feed them to animals to prevent the outbreak …

resolution view of a molecule and its chemical bonds. What’s more, the...

In an amazing work of microscopy, scientists have gotten a high-resolution view of a molecule and its chemical bonds. What’s more, the Lawrence …

Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

We're all doomed.<p>Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, …

No shit: can fecal transplants save 14,000 lives a year?

FDA cracks down on promising treatment for deadly intestinal bacteria<p>For Rhiannon Maher, the suffering began last August. Maher, then a 20-year-old college student, had recently been hospitalized for colitis after experiencing a bout of vomiting and diarrhea, but her doctors soon diagnosed her with …

Human embryonic stem cells created from adult tissue for first time

Scientists have used the cloning technique that led to Dolly the sheep to turn human skin into embryonic stem cells – which can make any tissue in …

Simpler HIV-fighting antibodies could assist vaccine designers

Powerful HIV-fighting antibodies have long been found in complicated forms that are difficult to implement as vaccines, but researchers have now studied a simpler version of such an antibody and developed a road map to create a vaccine based on it. By finding the uncommon type of antibody in a …

3D printer produces synthetic tissue capable of transmitting signals like nerves

Scientists have used a custom-made 3D printer to make a synthetic tissue that could have a variety of applications — including the ability to transmit long-distance electric signals much like nerves. The process, published in <i>Science</i> by an Oxford University team led by Hagan Bayley, prints a network …