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Blocking protein folding to fight antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are medicines that prevent and cure bacterial infections. They are essential for treating a wide variety of diseases and underpin much of modern healthcare, including cancer treatment, surgery, and organ transplants. Unfortunately, bacteria can develop the ability to survive antibiotic treatment. This is called antibiotic... click to read more

  • R. Christopher D. Furniss | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Science for Life Laboratory, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nikol Kaderabkova | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular Biosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
  • Despoina A.I. Mavridou | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular Biosciences and John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
Views 467
Reading time 4 min
published on May 13, 2022
Aedes aegypti: Rise of a super-vector

There are approximately 3,500 known mosquito species out there, but contrary to common belief, the ability to transmit viruses to humans is the privilege of only a few of them. Among this very private club, Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, is... click to read more

  • Fabien Aubry | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Louis Lambrechts | Research Director at Insect-Virus Interactions Unit, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, Paris, France
Views 2998
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 2, 2021
Microbial life on our tongue

Stick out your tongue! That's one of the first things you hear when you visit a doctor. The tongue has been used as an indicator of health or disease for thousands of years: from ancient Egypt and Chinese traditional medicine to today's modern medical practice... click to read more

  • Gary G. Borisy | Senior Investigator at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA
  • Jessica L. Mark Welch | Associate Scientist at The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
Views 4742
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 12, 2021
Shining a light on first contact in tuberculosis

In the science fiction series Star Trek, first contact between species occurs on a galactic scale; a recurring theme whose consequences are richly developed and explored throughout the series. In infection biology, first contact of a susceptible host with an infectious agent, albeit on a... click to read more

  • Vivek V. Thacker | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 1615
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 30, 2021
Tuberculosis drug discovery: an in-house toxin blocks pathogenic bacterial growth

Infectious diseases rank among the greatest threats to human health. While the world stumbles through the current COVID-19 pandemic, a vast array of viral, fungal, parasitic, and bacterial pathogens continue to threaten people's lives. Before the rise of the pandemic, tuberculosis was the world's deadliest... click to read more

  • Yiming Cai | PhD Student at Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génétique Moléculaires (LMGM), CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
  • Ben Usher | PhD Student at Department of Biosciences, Durham University, Durham, UK
Views 2039
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 26, 2021