Cancer-Protective Bacteria Found on Human Skin

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Researchers find that a bacterial species present on healthy skin produce a chemical that prevents skin cancer. Humans can be considered metaorganisms.  Our bodies includes billions of microorganisms.  There are microbes in the gastrointestinal (GI) system (referred to as the gut microbiome), on the skin, in the nose and eyes, and in the parts of … Read moreCancer-Protective Bacteria Found on Human Skin

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Desert Green Algae and Cyanobacteria for Synthetic Biology

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Synthetic biology is the discipline of designing and then engineering artificial systems using biological components. The field of molecular biology and the ability to read the information encoded in DNA are critical to this technical discipline, which also relies on the principles of engineering, detailed knowledge of cell biology, and an understanding of chemistry. Synthetic … Read moreDesert Green Algae and Cyanobacteria for Synthetic Biology

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New Hope for Lyme Disease Prevention

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Lyme disease is caused by bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia afzelii, and Borrelia garinii) that are delivered by a bite from an infected tick (Figure 1). The Centers for Disease Control (1) recommend a preventative (prophylactic) single dose of the antibiotic doxycycline for adults bitten by a mosquito with a high probability of carrying the Lyme-causing … Read moreNew Hope for Lyme Disease Prevention

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