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2010-04-03 08:03:01

In a first-of-its-kind experiment, the unique conditions of spaceflight will be used to examine how cells remain healthy or succumb to disease, particularly in the face of stress or damage.

2010-04-01 08:52:16

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) possesses extraordinary survival ability by masking itself from the host immune system and persisting for decades inside the host.

2010-03-29 07:11:24

Pathogenic bacteria in the gut recognize their surroundings by detecting hormone signals from the host, which can prompt them to express lethal toxins.

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2010-03-29 07:05:26

The factors instrumental in triggering latent tuberculosis (TB) infection to progress into active disease have long remained elusive to researchers.

2010-03-17 16:30:06

Fungi have significant potential for "horizontal" gene transfer, a new study has shown, similar to the mechanisms that allow bacteria to evolve so quickly, become resistant to antibiotics and cause other serious problems.

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2010-01-27 13:21:57

Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections.

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2010-01-20 08:00:00

A new fast-acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions could help to reduce the spread of deadly infections in hospitals.

2010-01-01 10:42:26

Research may point to more effective therapeutic targets for deadly prion diseases.

2009-12-23 14:28:46

An estimated 25,000 Americans develop severe fungal infections each year, leading to 10,000 deaths despite the use of anti-fungal drugs.

2009-11-30 05:00:00

"Air-Chilled" Organic Broilers Among Cleanest Perdue Cleanest Name-Brand; Tyson, Foster Farms Most Contaminated USDA Must Make Chicken Less Risky to Eat; Consumers Shouldn't Have to Play Roulette with Poultry YONKERS, N.Y., Nov.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.