Archive: 12/4/2007

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
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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
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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
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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
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HATS off to combat asthma

Two University of Nottingham studies exploring the causes and treatment of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) could lead to the development of drugs to battle these debilitating conditions.

Dec 04, 2007
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