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Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018
The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.
Image of the Day: Virus Spacecraft
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 5, 2018
Researchers reconstruct images of a virus that infects
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Emily Monosson | Jul 17, 2017
Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.
Book Excerpt from
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017
In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.
Anti-CRISPR Protein Reduces Off-Target Effects
Diana Kwon | Jul 12, 2017
AcrIIA4, an inhibitor protein from the
bacteriophage, can block DNA from binding to Cas9 during genome editing.
Ancient Protein Helps
Thwart Viral Attack
Ashley Yeager | May 9, 2017
When engineered to use a four-billion-year-old version of the protein thioredoxin, the bacteria can stall bacteriophage replication, a new study shows.
Inflammation Drives Gut Bacteria Evolution
Ruth Williams | Mar 16, 2017
rapidly spread genes throughout the bacterial population during a gut infection, scientists show.
Scientists Identify a Viral Communication System
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 20, 2017
A team finds that viruses can sense chemical signals and use them to decide whether to kill or infect their hosts.
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 14, 2016
In bacteriophage genomes, researchers find three anti-CRISPR proteins that naturally inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 in one bacterial species and can do the same in human cells.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 8, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.