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Bacteria under stress: cheating to survive

As scientists, we often think of bacteria as free-swimming, lone cells, growing in test tubes. Indeed, the majority of experiments are performed in this kind of environment. However, in reality, bacteria often grow in groups of cells, attached to surfaces. These cellular communities are social;... click to read more

  • Isabel Frost | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Center For Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, Washington, DC, USA
Views 207
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 15, 2018
Gut bacteria drive yo-yo dieting

The American reality show "The Biggest Loser" features obese contestants that are competing for the strongest weight loss within the duration of one season of the TV series, which is rewarded with a cash prize. A wide audience has followed the show, and its concept... click to read more

  • Eran Elinav | Professor at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Views 292
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 3, 2018
Absent microbial teachers and immunological hooliganism

The trillions of microbes that live in our gastrointestinal tract are known as the gut microbiome. It is an "acquired organ" of the body that is essential for the development of immune and metabolic systems and for nutrient digestion and absorption, among other things. As... click to read more

  • Jun Miyoshi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD), The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • Eugene Chang | Professor at Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD), The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Views 225
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 26, 2018
Consumed to death: bacteria cause their own extinction by over-polluting the environment

Living means consuming resources, we buy food to get fed, clothes to stay warm and burn oil and coal to have energy. Where things are consumed waste is produced. However, this waste does not simply disappear but mountains of trash form, plastic covers the ocean... click to read more

  • Christoph Ratzke | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Physics of Living Systems, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Jonas Denk | PhD student at Arnold-Sommerfeld-Center for Theoretical Physics and Center for NanoScience, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
Views 425
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Sep 11, 2018
Discovery of high-order drug synergies – from impossible to dirt cheap

By combining two or more drugs together (synergistic drug approach) it is possible to obtain a greater effect than with an individual drug alone. For example, the treatment of many diseases, ranging from cancer to tuberculosis to chronic diseases, depends on the use of three... click to read more

  • Murat Cokol | Associate Professor at Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
Views 775
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2018