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Antibiotic resistance genes identified in TB

An analysis of more than 10,000 Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterial isolates from 23 countries has revealed new genes associated with resistance to 13 first- and second-line new and repurposed antibiotics.

New test may predict covid-19 immunity

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an easy-to-use test to predict COVID-19 immunity.

Genetic method for identifying hundreds of disease agents

A new paper compares the pathogen-detecting ability of a next-generation sequencing (NGS) system — the Respiratory Pathogen Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Resistance Panel (RPIP) — with a previously studied NGS system and standard of care (SOC) diagnostic methods for samples obtained with bronchoalveolar lavage.

Tech news: September 2022

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Non-COVID-19 respiratory infections statistics

An increase in the number of non-COVID-19 respiratory infections should be expected this winter, say scientists.

Under the microscope: aldosterone

This month: aldosterone

“Gene editing via CRISPR/cas9 can lead to cell toxicity and genome instability”

CRISPR/Cas9 is a commonly used, very precise, gene editing technique often known as “genetic scissors”.

“Collagen a key player in breast cancer metastasis”

Collagen type XII plays a key role in regulating the organisation of the tumour matrix, reveals a new study.

AI and ecg heart trace to predict diabetes

An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, derived from the features of individual heartbeats recorded on an ECG (electrocardiogram), can accurately predict diabetes and pre-diabetes, suggests preliminary research.

“Rare cells capable of transforming into blood cancer”

Dysfunction involving an unusual type of thymocyte cell found in small amounts in every person may be the reason why some people develop a form of leukaemia called T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), it is claimed.

Covid-19 fattens body cells to fuel viral takeover

The virus that causes COVID-19 performs a takeover of the body’s fat-processing system, creating cellular storehouses of fat empowering the virus to hijack the body’s molecular machinery and cause disease.

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