Latest James J. Collins Stories

2010-09-01 20:50:18

In the war against antibiotics, bacteria aren't selfish. According to a new report from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers, a handful of resistant pathogens can protect an entire colony. Prevailing wisdom held that antibiotic resistance works only on an individual level: a bacterium acquires a genetic mutation that confers protection against a drug, allowing it to survive and reproduce. Eventually, as vulnerable bacteria die, the mutant's stronger progeny repopulate the...

2010-09-01 20:46:21

Boston University, Harvard research gives insight into antibiotic resistance Researchers at Boston University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have discovered that charitable behavior exists in one of the most microscopic forms of life"”bacteria. Their findings appear in the Sept. 2 issue of Nature. In studying the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, the researchers found that the populations most adept at withstanding doses of...

2009-05-29 08:38:35

Biomedical engineers at Boston University have taught bacteria how to count. Professor James J. Collins and colleagues have wired a new sequence of genes that allow the microbes to count discrete events, opening the door for a host of potential applications, which could include drug delivery and sensing environmental hazards. "This was probably the major application still to be addressed within synthetic biology: Can you count discrete events?" said Collins, who is also a Howard Hughes...

2006-01-24 17:01:22

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vibrating insoles can improve balance in patients with stroke or diabetic neuropathy, a common nerve problem that affects sensation in the feet and elsewhere, Boston researchers report. The vibration, adjusted to a sub-sensory level, appears to "tickle" neurons, making them more sensitive to stimuli that are present during standing, Dr. James J. Collins of Boston University, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. Collins and his...

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