How do viruses protect their genetic information?

Researchers uncover the mystery of how viruses avoid encapsulating unwanted genetic material from the crowded cell cytoplasm. Image credit: Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library Understanding the intricate mechanisms behind viral infections is crucial to fighting them — as evidenced by the current global pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Intensive research efforts have gone into understanding […]

Managing salt pollution to protect drinking water resources and freshwater ecosystems

The Occoquan Reservoir supplies water to some two million people in Northern Virginia.  Credit: Stanley Grant Doctors often tell us, “cut back on your salt.” And just as too much dietary salt is bad for blood pressure, too much salt in our nation’s streams, lakes, and reservoirs threatens ecosystem health and the security of our […]

How ‘Iron Man’ bacteria could help protect the environment

This Geobacter cell—which looks a bit like a gray peanut in this microscope image—is speckled with a dark coating of cobalt minerals that would be toxic to many organisms. Credit: Hunter Dulay, MSU When Michigan State University’s Gemma Reguera first proposed her new research project to the National Science Foundation, one grant reviewer responded that […]

How ‘Iron Man’ bacteria could help protect the environment — ScienceDaily

When Michigan State University’s Gemma Reguera first proposed her new research project to the National Science Foundation, one grant reviewer responded that the idea was not “environmentally relevant.” As other reviewers and the program manager didn’t share this sentiment, NSF funded the proposal. And, now, Reguera’s team has shown that microbes are capable of an […]

Statins may protect the heart from chemotherapy treatment of early breast cancer — ScienceDaily

Statins, common cholesterol-lowering medications, may protect women’s hearts from damage caused during chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association. “Two types of cancer medications, anthracyclines and trastuzumab, are effective treatments for many women with […]

Groups of bacteria can work together to better protect crops and improve their growth

IMAGE: Scientist Susanna Harris in the lab. view more  Credit: Noam Eckshtain-Levi, Susanna Leigh Harris, Reizo Quilat Roscios, and Elizabeth Anne Shank Certain bacteria, known as plant-growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB), can improve plant health or protect them from pathogens and are used commercially to help crops. To further improve agricultural yields, it is helpful to identify factors […]

Your retirement account can also help protect the planet

Investing can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be hard. (Pexels/) Retirement planning is already fraught with anxiety. It involves financial calculations and long-term thinking, and most Americans probably would rather not think about it. But though it’s unpleasant to think about, our retirement accounts actually play an influential role in the world: they’re […]

Groups of bacteria can work together to better protect crops and improve their growth

Scientist Susanna Harris in the lab. Credit: Noam Eckshtain-Levi, Susanna Leigh Harris, Reizo Quilat Roscios, and Elizabeth Anne Shank Certain bacteria, known as plant-growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB), can improve plant health or protect them from pathogens and are used commercially to help crops. To further improve agricultural yields, it is helpful to identify factors that can […]