What's Hot in the Microbial Sciences

What's Hot in the Microbial Sciences

From molecular de-extinction in drug discovery to phage therapy for acne, learn about what’s hot in the microbial sciences.

Investigating Clove Oil (Eugenol) as an Adjuvant to Overcome Colistin Resistance

The natural plant product eugenol acts synergistically with colistin against colistin-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates by enhancing membrane permeability.

Could Engineered Living Material Be Used to Create Self-Healing Buildings?

A cyanobacterium-containing polymer has been engineered to respond to environmental cues and decolorize the textile dye, indigo carmine, which is also a common environmental pollutant. Now, scientists suspect that the ultimate outgrowth of this living composite may involve not only other bioremediation systems, but also self-healing building materials.

Do Vital Antibiotics Lurk Among Extinct Molecules?

Research into molecular de-extinction offers potential for molecules from extinct organisms, including ancient human lineages, to be reintroduced as therapeutic agents for modern uses.

Can Phages Treat Acne?

Analyses in a mouse model show that topical administration of phage targeting Cutibacterium acnes, a key player in acne development and progression, could be a promising treatment tactic.

How Can Antimicrobial Peptides Lead to New Antivirals?

Antimicrobial peptide-inspired molecules (peptoids) targeting conserved, host-derived lipids in the viral membrane may pave the way for broad-spectrum antiviral agents with low resistance potential.

How Does Commensal Candida Stay Commensal?

Scientists find that a version of a hormone involved in appetite satiety also maintains Candida albicans commensalism by targeting the pathogenic hyphal form of the organism.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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McGovern Medical School, University of Texas


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Mayo Clinic


Victor DiRita, Ph.D.
Michigan State University


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