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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:57:39 EDT
Large Candida auris outbreak linked to multi-use thermometers in UK ICU
Outbreaks of the fungal pathogen Candida auris in healthcare settings, particularly in intensive care units (ICUs), may be linked to multi-use patient equipment, such as thermometers, according to new research.
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:57:31 EDT
West Nile virus reemerged and spread to new areas in Greece in 2017
West Nile virus (WNV), which is transmitted via mosquito bites, reemerged and spread to new territories of Greece in 2017 following a two-year hiatus in reported human cases, according to new findings. Greece provides the appropriate ecological and climatic conditions for WNV circulation. The virus has been established in Greece and disease transmission may continue in the future.
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:57:28 EDT
Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates
Genetic recombination is vital to natural selection, yet some species display far more crossover than others. Scientists have discovered a gene in fruit flies that is responsible for the evolution of these recombination rates.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:06:10 EDT
Tiny microenvironments in the ocean hold clues to global nitrogen cycle
A new study shows that nitrogen-feeding organisms exist all over the deep ocean, and not just in large oxygen-depleted 'dead zones,' changing the way we think about the delicate nitrogen cycle.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:06:06 EDT
Fungus: The good, the bad and their fortuitous differences
Genetic differences between two very similar fungi, one that led to Quorn™, the proprietary meat substitute, and another that ranks among the world's most damaging crop pathogens, have exposed the significant features that dictate the pair's very different lifestyles, features that promise targets for controlling disease.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:28:51 EDT
New DNA screening reveals whose blood the vampire bat is drinking
The vampire bat prefers to feed on domestic animals such as cows and pigs. When it does so, there is a risk of transmission of pathogens. Now, a new study describes a new DNA method to efficiently screen many vampire bat blood meal and fecal samples with a high success rate and thereby determine which animals the vampire bats have fed on blood from.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:28:44 EDT
Medical chemists discover peptic ulcer treatment metallodrug effective in 'taming' superbugs
A novel solution to antimicrobial resistance -- medical chemists discover peptic ulcer treatment metallodrug effective in 'taming' superbugs.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:28:27 EDT
Insecticide resistance in a major malaria vector
Researchers have shown the rapid selection of a novel P450 enzyme leading to insecticide resistance in a major malaria vector.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:44 EDT
A complete cell atlas and lineage tree of the immortal flatworm
From one stem cell to many differentiated body cells: Scientists have now published a comprehensive lineage tree of a whole adult animal. This was made possible by a combination of RNA and computational technologies.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:17 EDT
Ramped up fight-or-flight response points to history of warfare for humans and chimps
Humans and chimpanzees recently evolved a more active fight-or-flight response compared to other primates, possibly in response to the threat of warfare.
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