Archive: 12/04/2007

Fighting diseases of aging by wasting energy

By making the skeletal muscles of mice use energy less efficiently, researchers report in the December issue of Cell Metabolism, a publication of Cell Press, that they have delayed the animals’ deaths and their development of age ...

Dec 04, 2007 4.4 / 5 (9) 0

Decoy makes sitting duck of superbugs

Scientists from the John Innes Centre have proven that by taking a short stretch of DNA from a bacterium and delivering it with an existing antibiotic they can switch off antibiotic resistance.

Dec 04, 2007 3.7 / 5 (3) 0

Cosmopolitan microbes -- hitchhikers on Darwin's dust

Scientists have analysed aerial dust samples collected by Charles Darwin and confirmed that microbes can travel across continents without the need for planes or trains - rather bacteria and fungi hitch-hike by attaching to ...

Dec 04, 2007 4.3 / 5 (3) 0

Exercising our immune system

Elite athletes - often perceived as the epitome of health and fitness – may be more susceptible to common illness and are therefore proving useful in helping scientists understand more about the immune system.

Dec 04, 2007 4.1 / 5 (7) 1