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Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria

By | May 21, 2013

The essential nutrient can kill drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis by producing oxidative radicals that damage DNA.

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Viruses Prefer the Cold

By | May 20, 2013

Chilly weather could impede the immune reactions that most effectively contain viruses like the common cold.  

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Protective Phages

By | May 20, 2013

Viruses that attack bacteria may be an important component of our gut microbiota.

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Blood Protein Rejuvenates Aging Heart

By | May 10, 2013

A molecule found only in the blood of young mice dramatically reverses thickening and stiffening of the heart muscle in old mice.

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Discoverer of Lysosomes Dies

By | May 8, 2013

Christian de Duve chose to be euthanized at home in Belgium at age 95.

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Telomeres Affect Gene Expression

By | May 5, 2013

As telomeres shorten with age, genes as far as 1,000 kilobases away could be affected, including one responsible for an inherited muscle disease.

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Week in Review: April 29 – May 2

By | May 3, 2013

The brain’s role in aging; tracking disease; understanding the new flu virus; no autism-Lyme link; one drug’s journey from bench to bedside

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Re-sensitizing Resistant Bacteria

By | May 2, 2013

Researchers use a protein-lipid complex found in human breast milk to increase the activity of otherwise-ineffective antibiotics against drug-resistant pathogens.

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Easy Jump for H5N1 from Bird to Mammal

By | May 2, 2013

Hybrid viruses derived from an H5N1 bird flu strain can infect guinea pigs through the air.

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Down for the Count

By | May 1, 2013

One, two, three, four . . . . Counting colonies and plaques can be tedious, but tools exist to streamline the process.

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