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Infographic: Engineering Microbiomes with CRISPR
Researchers are using CRISPR for precise genetic manipulation of human-associated microbes as a promising avenue for improving human health.
Infographic: Engineering Microbiomes with CRISPR
Infographic: Engineering Microbiomes with CRISPR

Researchers are using CRISPR for precise genetic manipulation of human-associated microbes as a promising avenue for improving human health.

Researchers are using CRISPR for precise genetic manipulation of human-associated microbes as a promising avenue for improving human health.

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Two adult bottlenose dolphins and one calf swim close to a sandy seafloor that’s dotted with coral.
Study Suggests Dolphins Use Coral Mucus as Medicine
Dan Robitzski | May 19, 2022 | 4 min read
Researchers observe that dolphins in a pod in the Red Sea regularly rub against certain corals and sponges, perhaps to sooth their skin by prompting the invertebrates to release mucus that contains antimicrobial compounds.
Virus Hunters: Searching for Therapeutic Phages in a Drug Resistant World
The Scientist | Sep 21, 2020 | 1 min read
Researchers Jason Gill and Paul Turner will discuss their work on bacteriophage therapy to treat drug resistant bacterial infections.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast – Episode 3
The Scientist | Mar 25, 2020 | 1 min read
Tackling Antibiotic Resistance: Viruses to the Rescue
Ants Produce Antibiotics that May Protect Plants
Emily Makowski | Mar 1, 2020 | 2 min read
The antimicrobial compounds ants excrete to defend themselves from pathogens may protect plants as well.
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017 | 4 min read
The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.
Nanotechnology Could Conquer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | Apr 30, 2016 | 1 min read
Metal ions and materials with nanoscale patterns can kill even antibiotic-resistant pathogens. 
Holding Their Ground
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016 | 10+ min read
To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.
Plant Immunity
Amanda B. Keener | Jan 31, 2016 | 1 min read
How plants fight off pathogens
Fat to the Rescue
Jenny Rood | Jan 5, 2015 | 2 min read
Adipocytes under the skin help fight infections by producing an antimicrobial agent.
Shark Skin-Like Surface Fights MRSA
Jef Akst | Sep 17, 2014 | 1 min read
Surfaces covered in a micropattern mimicking the ridges of shark skin could reduce the spread of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other superbugs in hospitals.
Ladybird Bioterrorists
Ruth Williams | May 16, 2013 | 3 min read
The Asian harlequin ladybird carries a biological weapon to wipe out competing species.
Reading Tea Leaves
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2012 | 3 min read
Cyclic peptides, discovered in an African tea used to speed labor and delivery, may hold potential as drug-stabilizing scaffolds, antibiotics, and anticancer drugs.
The Age-Old Fight Against Antibiotics
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 31, 2011 | 3 min read
Researchers find antibiotic resistance genes in 30,000-year-old bacteria, suggesting such resistance is not a modern phenomenon.
Mining Bacterial Small Molecules
L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | Jan 1, 2011 | 10 min read
As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.
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