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The malaria pathogen's cellular skeleton under a super-microscope

The tropical disease malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. For its survival and propagation, Plasmodium requires a protein called actin. Scientists of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Education, breastfeeding and gender affect the microbes on our bodies

Trillions of microbes live in and on our body. We don't yet fully understand how these microbial ecosystems develop or the full extent to which they influence our health. Some provide essential ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Medical Xpress

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Adventurous bacteria

To reproduce or to conquer the world? Surprisingly, bacteria also face this problem. Theoretical biophysicists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have now shown how these organisms ...

Wed 16 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Flesh-eating bacterium is a child of the 80s

In the early 1980s, a previously innocuous bacterium gained the grim weapons it needed to cause necrotising fasciitis, reveals a global genetics study

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Newscientist

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The Gut Microbes of African Hunter-Gatherers Surprise Scientists

In Western Tanzania tribes of wandering foragers called Hadza eat a diet of roots, berries, and game. According to a new study, their guts are home to a microbial community unlike anything that’s ...

Tue 15 Apr 14 from Wired Science

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Friction harnessed by proteins helps organize cell division

(Phys.org) —A football-shaped structure, known as the mitotic spindle, makes cell division possible for many living things. This piece of cellular architecture, responsible for dividing up genetic ...

Wed 16 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Biologists develop nanosensors to visualize movements and distribution of plant hormone

Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in visualizing the movement within plants of a key hormone responsible for growth and resistance to drought. The achievement will allow researchers ...

Tue 15 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy, says report

Microbes can be highly efficient, versatile and sophisticated manufacturing tools, and have the potential to form the basis of a vibrant economic sector. In order to take full advantage of the ...

Tue 15 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Symbiosis between beewolves and their protective bacteria originated millions of years ago, study shows

Like humans, many animals depend on beneficial microbes for survival. Although such symbioses can persist for millions of years, the factors maintaining their long-term stability remain, in ...

Mon 14 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Penicillin redux: Rearming proven warriors for the 21st century

Penicillin, one of the scientific marvels of the 20th century, is currently losing a lot of battles it once won against bacterial infections. But scientists at the University of South Carolina ...

Mon 14 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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