health care, microbiology, immunology
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016
Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
FDA Approves Bladder Cancer Immunotherapy
FDA Approves Bladder Cancer Immunotherapy
Jef Akst | May 23, 2016
The US Food and Drug Administration greenlights Roche’s Tecentriq, which blocks a protein that obstructs the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.
Study Linking Food Additives to Inflammation Corrected
Study Linking Food Additives to Inflammation Corrected
Tracy Vence | May 19, 2016
Post-publication peer review prompts the authors to clarify the ages of mice used in their experiments and share additional data.
Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Can Increase GVHD Severity in Stem Cell Recipients
Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Can Increase GVHD Severity in Stem Cell Recipients
Ruth Williams | May 18, 2016
Certain drugs could worsen graft-versus-host disease in stem cell transplant patients, scientists show.
Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome
Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome
Amanda B. Keener | May 9, 2016
A drug that singles out Staphylococcus aureus leaves gut-dwelling microbiota largely intact, a mouse study shows.
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Jef Akst | May 9, 2016
The proteins could be the key to stopping the transmissible facial tumor disease that is threatening the species.
Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes
Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes
Ruth Williams | May 5, 2016
Maternal antibodies engender a receptive gut environment for beneficial bacteria in newborn mice.
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016
Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016
A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.
Copper Stopper
Copper Stopper
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2016
This research found that coating hospital surfaces with copper helped battle microbes and the infections they spread.