April 16, 2015

6:39 PM | Could maple syrup help cut use of antibiotics?
Another reason to have those waffles… well maybe. Researchers have found that a concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics. In an ever increasing antibiotic resistant world, this news is almost as sweet as the syrup (okay no more bad puns). The findings suggest that combining maple syrup extract with common antibiotics […]

Maisuria, V., Hosseinidoust, Z. & Tufenkji, N. (2015). Polyphenolic Extract from Maple Syrup Potentiates Antibiotic Susceptibility and Reduces Biofilm Formation of Pathogenic Bacteria, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00239-15


April 10, 2015

11:29 PM | These Scientists Want to Record and Restore Memories Using Microchips
For the past few years, a team of neuroscientists from across the United States has been studying how the brain stores and makes memories. Now, they are on the cusp of something big: implanting microchip memory devices in people. Ted Berger, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of Southern California in LA, is one of the scientists on the team. Berger says that he and his fellow researchers have devised a technique that allows them to record and store […]

April 01, 2015

9:15 PM | Another CRISPR paper’s just come out, demonstrating a way...
Another CRISPR paper’s just come out, demonstrating a way to deliver the game-changing genome editing system into cells by tissue type - a key development for clinical treatments, so-called ‘personalised medicine’. As Nature News point out in their coverage of the report, while it’s ethically far simpler than germline (gamete/embryonic) research, where there’s a small number of cells, medicating somatic cells requires considerable targeting effort. Not only have […]

March 30, 2015

8:40 PM | Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves
In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves.Read more...
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