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'Smart' wound dressings could identify and destroy infection-causing bacteria
Researchers engineer bacterium to hunt down and kill pathogens
Scientists unveil 3-D structure of 'molecular machine' that initiates DNA transcription after 3 decades of searching
An team of Rutgers University scientists led by Richard H. Ebright and Eddy Arnold has determined the three-dimensional structure of the transcription initiation complex, the key intermediate in the process by which cells ...
Researchers discover wasp larva disinfect their food before eating
Nanoparticles release drugs to reduce tooth decay
Therapeutic agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way ...
Eradicating dangerous bacteria may cause permanent harm
In the zeal to eliminate dangerous bacteria, it is possible that we are also permanently killing off beneficial bacteria as well, posits Martin Blaser, MD, Frederick H. King Professor of Medicine, professor of Microbiology ...
Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such ...
How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection
(Phys.org) —Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.
Bacterial protein caught in the act of secreting sticky appendages
(PhysOrg.com) -- New atomic-level "snapshots" published in the June 2, 2011, issue of Nature reveal details of how bacteria such as E. coli produce and secrete sticky appendages called pili, which help the mi ...
Bright bills in mallards helps duck semen fight bacteria
Study shows use of feces as building material by termites serves as antibiotic
New antibacterial fabric could revolutionise infection control
(Phys.org) —RMIT researchers have developed a new antibacterial fabric that can kill a range of infectious bacteria, such as E coli, within 10 minutes.