Bee-pollinated fruits have longer shelf life, 18 Feb, 2014 - Strawberries grown from bee-pollinated flowers are more prolific, last longer and are better quality (as measured by colour, size, weight and lack of malformations) than those that are wind or self-pollinated according to recently published research.
Programmable antibiotic ‘smart bomb’, 01 Apr, 2014 - The threat of multi-drug-resistant bacteria has been making headlines around the world, but now researchers from North Carolina State University in the US have developed an antibiotic ‘smart bomb’ specifically designed to target and sever the DNA of a specified bacteria – and eliminate the infection in the process.
Antibacterial mushrooms - 13/05/2014 - In an age where we are becoming increasingly concerned about bacterial evolution and the effectiveness of antibiotics, there is an on-going need for novel antimicrobial compounds to outwit bacteria and other pathogens.
Study of NZ-developed MS drug - 07/05/2014 - Researchers from Victoria University of Wellington, Innate Immunotherapeutics and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research have gained new knowledge about how the multiple sclerosis drug MIS416 actually works on the immune system.
Stressed out cells revert to stem cells, 08 Apr, 2014 - Pluripotent stem cells – cells that can differentiate into one of many cell types – have traditionally been derived from ethically questionable embryonic sources or by the relatively time-consuming and expensive process of manipulating genes inside a cell’s nucleus (induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells). But now, new research from Japan and the US has uncovered a shortcut to creating pluripotent stem cells by stressing out mature…
Engineered virus effective against breast cancer, 25 Mar, 2014 - Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the most aggressive and least treatable forms of breast cancer. It occurs in 10–20% of cases and typically affects younger women. Although human trials haven’t yet been conducted, it would seem that a team of US and German scientists may have discovered a potential cure.
Dragonfly wing model for antibacterial material 25 Feb, 2014 Australian scientists have developed a novel synthetic antibacterial coating inspired by dragonfly and cicada wings. The black silicon surface has nanoscale spikes or ‘nanopillars’, which literally stab and kill bacteria that try to settle on the surface – all without the need for antibacterial sprays, heat or ultraviolet radiation.
Is the post-antibiotic era now here? 14 Mar, 2014 - The development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is one of the greatest threats to human health today. The incorrect use of antibiotics, medical tourism and natural resistance all play a part.
FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. Plus an exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a superbug outbreak that swept through a hospital at the National Institutes of Health.