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Probiotic drink could help combat antibiotic resistance

20 January, 2020

The drink works by targeting small DNA molecules inside bacterial cells. These molecules frequently carry genes that give resistance to antibiotics, which the bacteria are able to use.

Superbugs found in UK cosmetics

16 January, 2020

Make-up products used every day in the UK are contaminated with potentially deadly superbugs, because most are not being cleaned and are used far beyond their expiry dates.

Fishing for proteins… and answers

15 January, 2020

Using a microscopic 'fishing' technique, scientists have successfully cast lines into human cells to snag proteins — solving a 20-year-old mystery of cell biology in the process.

One night of sleep deprivation increases Alzheimer's biomarker

13 January, 2020

When young, healthy men were deprived of just one night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau in their blood than when they had a full night of rest.

Have humans evolved to be more prone to anxiety?

09 January, 2020

Researchers have reconstructed ancestral VMAT1 proteins, revealing the functional changes in neurotransmitter uptake of VMAT1 throughout the course of human evolution.

Reprogramming the inner ear to treat hearing loss

19 December, 2019

A new strategy to induce cell division in the mature inner ear may bring scientists a step closer to developing treatments that regrow the missing cells that cause hearing loss.

Peanut allergy vaccine rewrites the immune system

13 December, 2019

The platform rewrites the body's natural response to peanut allergens, tricking the immune system so that the body responds normally instead of generating an allergic reaction.

Towards a personalised vaccine for pancreatic cancer

11 December, 2019

Researchers have developed a personalised vaccine system that could prevent pancreatic cancer in high-risk individuals and slow down tumour growth in patients who are affected by it.

Brain biomarker can predict compulsive drinking

05 December, 2019

Researchers have discovered a brain circuit that controls alcohol drinking behaviour in mice, and can be used as a biomarker for predicting the development of compulsive drinking later on.

Human nerve cells transplanted into a mouse brain

04 December, 2019

Researchers have developed a novel strategy to transplant human neurons as individual cells into a mouse brain and to follow their development over time.

Nanoparticles could be used to detect deadly microbes

02 December, 2019

Researchers have revealed how nanoparticles could be used to identify the presence of invasive and sometimes deadly microbes, as well as to deliver targeted treatments more effectively.

Gut bacteria may alter ageing process

29 November, 2019

Microorganisms living in the gut may alter the ageing process, which could lead to the development of food-based treatment to slow it down.

Differences found in brainwaves of autistic teenagers

26 November, 2019

Different patterns of brainwave activity were triggered in teenagers diagnosed with ASD compared to neurotypical teenagers, when performing the same simple visual task.

Molecule could be targeted to slow MS progression

22 November, 2019

Researchers have identified a molecule named ALCAM, which, once blocked, delays the progression of multiple sclerosis.

Are cytotoxic T-cells the key to long life?

21 November, 2019

Researchers have used single-cell RNA analysis to find that supercentenarians — people over the age of 110 — have an excess of a type of immune cell called cytotoxic CD4 T-cells.

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