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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 […]

Sugar-coated Nanosheets Selectively Target Pathogens

A process for creating ultrathin, self-assembling sheets of synthetic materials has been developed by researchers The 2-D sheets can function like designer flypaper in selectively binding with viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. The new platform, developed by a team led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, could potentially be […]

Improving Malaria Vaccine Could Hinge On Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates on the surface of malaria parasites play a critical role in malaria’s ability to infect mosquito and human hosts, an international research team has shown for the first time. The finding suggests steps that may improve the only malaria vaccine approved to protect people against Plasmodium falciparum malaria – the most deadly form of […]