by Daniel P. Haeusser | I have an insatiable fondness for cheese. Yes, the preparation of this post involved heavenly pungent dreams of Tarte au Maroilles and several trips to the cheesemonger’s counter. Gazing at the smear-ripened gooey perfection of Époisses de Bourgogne and the staggering price for this import, I appreciated the power that this microbial product can have over someone.
Researchers have isolated a new kind of antibiotic from a previously unknown and uncultured bacterial genus.
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Teixobactina, una molécula que parece inhibir la síntesis de pared celular en Gram positivas. Su objetivo es por un lado un precursor del peptidoglicano y por otro un precursor de los ácidos teicoicos. Por eso se espera que sea difícil que genere resistencias. Se ha demostrado efectiva contra el MRSA y contra M. tuberculosis
Bacterial infections remain a major threat to human and animal health. Worse still, the catalogue of useful antibiotics is shrinking as pathogens build up resistance to these drugs. There are few promising new drugs in the pipeline, but they may not prove to be enough. Multi-resistant organisms – ...
An unusual new manga series by a former researcher of microbial behavior at the Tokyo University of Agriculture's Department of Fermentation Science magnifies the lives and adventures of euglena, a genus of algae-like life forms less than 0.1...
[Technology Review Feed] Peter Thiel was the first large investor in Facebook. Now he’s turning his investing skills to biotechnology. Peter Thiel is the investor who discovered Facebook and the author of Zero to One, a short account of the counterintuitive thinking that’s ...
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Co-founder of PayPal an investor of Facebook turns his look towards Biotechnology
India is not, yet, a wealthy country. Nevertheless its people experience many of the same expensive-to-treat illnesses as wealthier populations in the U.S. and Europe. Therefore the country has made a series of policy decisions designed to lower the cost of medical treatments. For example, until 2005, it offered no [...]
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