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Clues to Making Vaccine for Infant Respiratory Illness

04/25/2013
Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have identified the structure of a critical RSV component called the fusion glycoprotein. Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Healthy individuals ...
04/16/2013
Pili are hair like appendages that are found on the outer membrane of bacteria. They are important for bacteria to attach to solid surfaces, are used as an apparatus in transfer of DNA from one cell to another, as well as twitching motility, and cell-cell adhesion. In 2011 a group of ...

Bacterial security agents go rogue

04/15/2013
Scientist from the Division of Infectious Disease at Emory University School of Medicine and The Emory Vaccine Center have shown that Francisella novicia, a close relative to the bacteria that causes Tularemia as well as Neisseria meningitidis the causative agent of meningitis encode specific genes in the CRISPR system that ...

Scientists Develop an Antibiotic with Reduced Resistance

04/12/2013
A new antibiotic named Epimerox has been developed by scientists at the Rockefellar University and Astex Pharmaceuticals. These scientists have demonstrated that Epimerox effectively killed a wide-range of bacteria including the drug-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA). This antibiotic was developed to target a specific bacterial enzyme named 2-epimerase which is ...

Fighting Listeria and Other Food-Borne Illnesses With Nanobiotechnology

04/03/2013
Scientist at the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Rensselaer Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for the Directed Assembly of Nanostructures have created a coating that can selectively kill the bacteria Listeria, a causative agent of food borne illness. The coating consists of cell lytic enzymes ...

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