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Why The Brain-eating Amoeba In Freshwater Lakes – While Rare – Is So Deadly

Composed of a single cell, amoeba seem harmless enough: They look like playful critters waltzing under the spotlight of a microscope until they come upon a group of bacteria. Then, these previously innocuous amoeba suddenly morph into sinister blobs, engulfing the bacteria and slowly ripping them apart with a bevy of digestive enzymes. It’s hard […]

DnaK: A Bacterial Protein Involved In Anticancer Drug-resistance

DnaK, a protein of the bacterium mycoplasma, interferes with the mycoplasma-infected cell’s ability to respond to and repair DNA damage, a known origin of cancer, the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) repoprts. Little or no mycoplasma DnaK DNA sequences were found associated with the tumor, which […]

Tuberculosis: Breaking Down Walls

The rise of antimicrobial resistance has significantly reduced the options available for treating tuberculosis (TB) and other diseases caused by bacteria, threatening to plunge humanity back into the pre-antibiotic era. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a rod-shaped bacterium that is responsible for around 10 million new infections and 1.4 million deaths per year (Pai et al., 2016). […]