THOR wrangles complex microbiomes into a model for improving them

IMAGE: Bacillus bacteria, marked with green fluorescence, changed its growth pattern around other members of the THOR community, spreading around and over other bacteria. view more  Credit: Gabriel Lozano and Jo Handelsman MADISON, Wis. — «Microbial communities run the world,» says Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. «People…

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North Texas Regional Center of Expertise gets approval from UN

IMAGE: This is Meghna Tare, UTA chief sustainability officer. view more  Credit: UT Arlington What began as a brainstorming session last year about how to unify sustainability efforts across North Texas is now the North Texas Regional Center of Expertise, or RCE, thanks to efforts led by Meghna Tare, University of Texas at Arlington chief sustainability…

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Sewage reveals levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide

IMAGE: Predictions of antimicrobial abundance in all countries and territories in the world. Map coloured according to predicted abundance of antimicrobial from light blue (low abundance) to dark blue (high abundance). view more  A comprehensive analysis of sewage collected in 74 cities in 60 countries has yielded the first, comparable global data, which show the levels…

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Canadians’ consumption of fruit and vegetables drops 13 per cent in 11 years

IMAGE: Claire Tugault-Lafleur, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC’s food, nutrition and health program, was lead author of the study. view more  Credit: UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13-per-cent decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new University of British Columbia research…

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TB medicine pretomanid enters regulatory review process in the United States

NEW YORK, NY (March 8, 2019)—TB Alliance’s new drug application (NDA) for the novel tuberculosis (TB) drug candidate pretomanid has been accepted for review by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The application is for the use of pretomanid as part of a new regimen, in combination with bedaquiline and linezolid, for the…

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Measles Outbreak: 1 Student Was Not Vaccinated. 21 Others Got Sick.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Public officials and health experts had given several warnings: Do not allow a student in school if they had not been vaccinated against measles. Still, during New York City’s largest measles outbreak in a decade, a school in Brooklyn…

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Facebook Announces Plan to Curb Vaccine Misinformation

Facebook announced Thursday its first policy to combat misinformation about vaccines, following in the footsteps of Pinterest and YouTube. The social network is adopting an approach similar to the one it uses to tackle fake news: The company will not remove incorrect content, but it will aim to reduce the reach of that content by…

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Paris Fashion Week in Photos

Fashion week Some of our favorite images from the fall 2019 season in Paris. The marathon fashion season that kicked off in New York in early February has finally come to a close in Paris, wrapping up with the last of the women’s ready-to-wear shows. As the fashion throngs wing their way home, we look…

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Social Q’s: I Just Found Out My Best Friend Is Rich

I go to college in New York City and live with my best friend. She’s from here; I’m not. I Googled her parents recently (for fully innocent reasons). I knew they were wealthier than my middle-class family, but I had no idea they were buy-a-record-price-penthouse-and-make-the-headlines rich! I was shocked: My friend is humble and avoids…

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