Giving antibiotics a boost

Dr. Luca Guardabassi is finding new ways to weaken drug-resistant bacteria

Giving antibiotics a boost

There’s no sugarcoating it: The growing ability of harmful bacteria to resist our antibiotics could develop into a serious crisis. Rampant overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines by doctors, veterinarians and even operators of agricultural feedlots has backfired, generating strains of “superbug” microbes that can survive our entire arsenal of drugs. This is the problem Dr. Luca Guardabassi has set out to solve, and he’s doing it in a way that he hopes will serve as a new weapon in the seemingly endless battle between drug developers and the superbugs that inevitably evolve defenses against each new pill we throw at them. Read More…

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environment

Choppy waters lay ahead for U.S. fisheries

Choppy waters lay ahead for U.S. fisheries

Proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s fishery management law, would compound problems for the nation’s fish

Cyber-stalking wildlife traders

New online tools aim to save endangered animals, but experts say there are no easy shortcuts

environment

PODCAST: Sensing teamwork

PODCAST: Sensing teamwork

Scientists pinpoint how chemicals drive social behavior in ants

Could a forgotten therapy become the new panacea to untreatable superbugs?

Bacteria-eating viruses regain interest among academia and industry

environment

Shaking up the blood supply

Shaking up the blood supply

Freeze-dried plasma has helped trauma patients for decades. Why is it still out of reach for the American military?

Shaking up the blood supply

Freeze-dried plasma has helped trauma patients for decades. Why is it still out of reach for the American military?

environment

Printing out a plane, piece by piece

Printing out a plane, piece by piece

3-D printed parts are in planes right now, but manufacturers are proceeding carefully out of safety concerns

Breaking limits in science and life

A woman astronomer’s 20-year quest to find 100 Earth-like planets is within reach

social science

Televised Debates: Insert Audience Response Here

Televised Debates: Insert Audience Response Here

The motivation for audiences to participate in presidential debates is more than just party fever

Televised Debates: Insert Audience Response Here

The motivation for audiences to participate in presidential debates is more than just party fever