Fighting the good fight against bacteria — ScienceDaily

Drug-resistant bacteria could lead to more deaths than cancer by 2050, according to a report commissioned by the United Kingdom in 2014 and jointly supported by the U.K. government and the Wellcome Trust. In an effort to reduce the potential infection-caused 10 million deaths worldwide, Penn State researcher Scott Medina has developed a peptide, or […]

Meet 5 Black researchers fighting for diversity and equity in science

As the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum this year, Black scientists jumped in to call for inclusivity at school and work. Within days of the news that a Black bird watcher, Christian Cooper, had been harassed in New York City’s Central Park, the social media campaign #BlackBirdersWeek was launched (SN Online: 6/4/20), followed closely […]

This chart shows how far we’ve come in fighting cancer

The past 87 years has seen a steady march of progress in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. (In-House Int./) For much of the 20th century, cancer was an unspeakable diagnosis. Doctors often wouldn’t tell patients about their illness because they generally couldn’t treat it, and they considered it unethical to take away a person’s hope. […]

Earth is fighting a laser duel with the exploding Carina Nebula

Four orange laser beams blaze through the Milky Way while an angry purple nebula transfixes us with its death-stare. Happily (or sadly, depending on how much news you’ve consumed this week), Earth is not doomed; in fact, it’s an Earthly telescope that’s launching the lasers in this epic image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). […]

Elkhorn coral actively fighting off diseases on reef, study finds

Disease transmission. Credit: Margaret Miller, SECORE International As the world enters a next wave of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware now more than ever of the importance of a healthy immune system to protect ourselves from disease. This is not only true for humans but corals too, which are in an ongoing battle […]

Meet the disease detectives fighting to understand COVID-19

Eric Pevzner heads up the Centers for Disease and Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic he tackled the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and H1N1 outbreak in Mexico. (Amanda Ringstad/) In 1995, Eric Pevzner took a temporary gig at his alma mater, Michigan State University, while he applied to med school. But […]

New approach to fighting cancer could reduce costs and side effects

IMAGE: Cancer cells are targeted by bioengineered immune cells in the patient’s system. view more  Credit: Carina Biotech CAR-T biotherapeutics company Carina Biotech and researchers at the University of South Australia have developed a novel approach based on microfluidic technology to “purify” the immune cells of patients in the fight against cancer. UniSA’s Future Industries Institute […]

Fats fighting back against bacteria — ScienceDaily

Droplets of fat inside our cells are helping the body’s own defence system fight back against infection, University of Queensland researchers have discovered. The international collaboration between UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience researchers Professor Robert Parton and Professor Matt Sweet, and the University of Barcelona’s Professor Albert Pol found that these fat droplets are both […]

Fats fighting back against bacteria

The team at IMB included Dr Bernhard Steiner and Dr Ronan Kapetanovic. Credit: Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland Droplets of fat inside our cells are helping the body’s own defence system fight back against infection, University of Queensland researchers have discovered. The international collaboration between UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience researchers Professor Robert […]

Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region?

Since the end of September, hundreds of soldiers and civilians are thought to have been killed in a rapidly developing conflict between the rival Caucasus nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan.  But why are they in conflict? It turns out that they’re fighting over the landlocked, mountainous and kidney shaped Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is not much […]