Researchers turn biofilms against themselves 

Have you ever heard of biofilms? They are slimy, glue-like membranes that are produced by microbes, like bacteria and fungi, in order to colonize surfaces. They can grow on animal and plant tissues, and even inside the human body on medical devices such as catheters, heart valves, or artificial hips. Biofilms protect microbes from the … Continue reading Researchers turn biofilms against themselves 

Antibiotic teamwork takes the fight to resistant bacteria 

Antibiotics were the wonder drug of the 20th century, but persistent use and over-prescription have opened the door that has allowed bacteria to evolve resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million people in the United States develop bacterial infections that are resistant to multiple antibiotics every year. Previous … Continue reading Antibiotic teamwork takes the fight to resistant bacteria 

Immune cell reaction can be disease causing

A subpopulation of immune cells that normally fend off pathogens can turn against the host during certain infections, a new study publishing on June 20 in the open access journal PLOS Biology reveals. The researchers led by Dr. Mansour Haeryfar at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Canada, in collaboration with researchers from … Continue reading Immune cell reaction can be disease causing

Scientists map out the vaccination debate

The recent measles outbreak in Minnesota -- by June, new cases of the disease in that state surpassed nationwide totals for all of 2016 -- has been a sobering reminder of how highly concentrated populations of vaccination skeptics can elevate an entire community's risk of infection. Around the edges of every headline-grabbing outbreak, there's a … Continue reading Scientists map out the vaccination debate

Tapping quantum potential in fiber optic networks 

An international team led by the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications. The work advances the possibility of applying quantum mechanical principles to existing optical fiber networks for secure communications and geographically distributed … Continue reading Tapping quantum potential in fiber optic networks 

Picture this: infinite battery life

In the world of electronics, where the quest is always for smaller and faster units with infinite battery life, topological insulators (TI) have tantalizing potential. In a paper published in "Science Advances," Jing Shi, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, and colleagues at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and … Continue reading Picture this: infinite battery life