molecular microbiology

Bugs filch copper to spread urinary infections


July 9th, 2012 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 9 (IANS) Bugs causing serious urinary tract infections stay ahead of the immune system by filching copper to prevent the metal from being used against them, says a ... Read more...

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Re-engineering mosquito’s immunity to block malaria


December 29th, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) Scientists have hit upon a novel way to block the transmission of malaria parasites to humans -- re-engineering Anopheles mosquito's immune system. "The immune system of ... Read more...

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A bug that nips malaria in the bud


May 13th, 2011 - 12:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 13 (IANS) Johns Hopkins researchers have identified a bug that nips malaria in the bud by halting the development of the parasite, plasmodium falciparum, that causes it.The enterobacter ... Read more...

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Forget good looks, it’s gut bacteria that ‘influence choice of mate’


December 3rd, 2010 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 3 (ANI): New research has indicated that symbiotic bacteria inside a fruit fly greatly influence its choice of mates.Based on a theory developed by Prof. Rosenberg and Dr. Ilana Zilber-Rosenberg ... Read more...

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Potential ‘persistence’ switch for tuberculosis discovered


September 18th, 2010 - 11:53 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 18 (ANI): Rice University bioengineers have examined a portion of the tuberculosis genome that responds to stress and have found a network of genes that may "switch" the disease into ... Read more...

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Immune system overreaction may open door to recurrent urinary tract infections


August 13th, 2010 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 13 (ANI): Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the immune system may open the door to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) by overdoing ... Read more...

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Cancer drugs may help battle parasite Leishmania


July 17th, 2010 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 17 (ANI): A parasite afflicting nearly 12 million people across the world relies on a family of genes that should make it vulnerable to compounds developed to treat cancer and ... Read more...

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US scientists create HIV-resistant cells


July 3rd, 2010 - 10:18 am ICT by IANS
Los Angeles, July 3 (IANS) American scientists have created HIV-resistant cells that could one day pave the way for controlling the virus without using harsh anti-retroviral drugs. Scientists at the Keck School of ... Read more...

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Eating raw crayfish ‘can cause severe parasitic infection’


May 26th, 2010 - 11:53 am ICT by ANI
Washington, May 26 (ANI): Anyone planning to spend time at the river this summer should avoid eating raw crayfish, suggests a new study which found that doing so can result in a ... Read more...

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Vaccine response could depend on your sex


May 13th, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 13 (ANI): Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have claimed that biological differences between the sexes could be a significant predictor of responses to vaccines.The scientists ... Read more...

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Ideal target for malaria therapy found


February 4th, 2010 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 4 (ANI): A new American research has discovered a protein produced by the malaria parasite that is central to its ability to take over human red blood cells.The protein may ... Read more...

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Soon, a window that washes itself


December 4th, 2009 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 4 (ANI): In a new research, scientists at the Tel Aviv University (TAU) have made a breakthrough in assembling peptides at the nano-scale level, which could lead to the development ... Read more...

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Alzheimer’s study may help develop new drugs for urinary tract infections


November 25th, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 25 (ANI): Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have revealed that amyloids, known to be responsible for causing Alzheimer's disease, have been found to play a ... Read more...

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Novel device to wash away bedsores, chronic ulcers


August 27th, 2009 - 12:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a unique device, called Dermastream, which could heal bedsores and chronic ulcers in bedridden elderly and infirm.When ill, such people are ... Read more...

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Therapy with ‘longevity’ gene enhances performance


August 20th, 2009 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) Therapy with a proven "longevity" gene may energise people, a new study has found. The study in the University of Missouri (U-M) may shed light on how to increase ... Read more...

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‘Longevity’ gene that enhances exercise performance found


August 20th, 2009 - 11:24 am ICT by ANI
Washington, August 20 (ANI): In an animal study, researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) found gene therapy with a proven "longevity" gene to energize during exercise.Writing about their study in the ... Read more...

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Now, ’super sensors’ to ’sniff out’ cancer, heart attack, poison, environmental pollution


August 4th, 2009 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 4 (ANI): Tel Aviv University researchers have created an electrode-based tiny device which they liken to the sensitive seismographs that pick up tremors of impending earthquakes long before they strike. ... Read more...

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Researchers unravel how flu virus evades body’s defences


May 21st, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 21 (IANS) Researchers have identified a critical molecular mechanism that allows the flu virus to evade the body's immune response system. "We have found a mechanism that the influenza virus ... Read more...

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Gene therapy for muscular dystrophy comes closer to reality


February 27th, 2009 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, February 27 (ANI): A potential new gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which predominantly affects men, may soon be available, thanks to a significant breakthrough achieved by University of ... Read more...

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Meningitis bacteria mimic human cells to trick immune system


February 20th, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Reserchers have stumbled upon the deviousness of bacteria that causes meningitis in mimicking human cells to evade the body's immune system. The study could open the way to ... Read more...

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Meningitis bacteria dress up as human cells to evade body’’s defences


February 19th, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 19 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London have shown the way meningitis bacteria masquerade as human cells to evade our body''s defences.The Nature study ... Read more...

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Decoding how cell memory helps immune system fend off invasions


January 25th, 2009 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) Resarchers are close to decoding the mystery of how immune cells fend off infections by remembering and recognising the nature of invading pathogens.Their key finding is that a ... Read more...

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Scientists track how immune cells intercepting parasites


December 11th, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) The body's earliest responses to a group of parasites that cause illness, identified by researchers, will boost efforts to develop vaccines against them.Scientists said that they tracked immune ... Read more...

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Small pox drug may harbour common cold cure


May 20th, 2008 - 6:40 pm ICT by admin
Washington, May 20 (ANI): Scientists at Saint Louis University have found that a smallpox drug may harbour the cure for a common cold.The drug, hexadecyloxypropyl-cidofovir or CMX001, currently under development by ... Read more...

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Scientists identify key kala-azar protein


April 27th, 2008 - 12:54 pm ICT by admin
By Sanjit Bagchi New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Indian researchers have identified a key protein that plays an important role in regulating the survival, infectivity and drug response of the parasite that causes ... Read more...

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Scientists develop test vaccine to prevent prostate cancer in mice


April 5th, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): University of Southern California (USC) researchers have come up with a test vaccine that successfully prevents prostate cancer development in 90 percent of mice genetically engineered to ... Read more...

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Scientists uncover new way to develop tumour vaccines


March 3rd, 2008 - 12:49 pm ICT by admin
London, Mar 3 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have revealed that turning off the suppression function of regulatory T cells may lead to a new way to develop ... Read more...

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Plant-like protein underpins common parasites ability to infect


January 10th, 2008 - 4:52 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Jan 10 (ANI): Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have revealed that Toxoplasma gondii, a common human parasite, uses a plant-like protein for signalling when to increase its numbers and ... Read more...

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How tuberculosis survives inside human defence cells


December 22nd, 2007 - 2:09 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Dec 22 (ANI): Using advanced genetic techniques, researchers are trying to understand the relationship between the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and the human immune system defence cells that engulf them.Researchers at ... Read more...

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