Phages can anticipate bacteria’s location and destroy them before they cause an infection

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions have identified a novel strategy that can eliminate bacteria in a specific location before they cause an infection. The strategy uses a phage, a virus that infects and destroys bacteria, that can specifically locate in the same place the bacteria live in the gastrointestinal tract. The…

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Radiation vulnerability

Exposure to radiation can wreak indiscriminate havoc on cells, tissues, and organs. Curiously, however, some tissues are more vulnerable to radiation damage than others. Scientists have known these differences involve the protein p53, a well-studied tumor-suppressor protein that initiates a cell’s auto-destruct programs. Yet, levels of this sentinel protein are often similar in tissues with…

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Spicy Oils From Chongqing

It was on a trip back to his hometown, Chongqing, in Southwest China, that Yao Zhao first tasted green Sichuan pepper oil. His mother used it to enliven her cucumber salad. He was hooked, brought some back to Washington, D.C., where he lives, and used it in dishes he served to friends, to an enthusiastic…

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