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Bacteria-based biohybrid microrobots on a mission to one day battle cancer

Scientists add artificial components to bacteria for better control and an extra therapeutic effect in seeking and destroying tumor cells


A team of scientists in the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have combined robotics with biology by equipping E. coli bacteria with artificial components to construct biohybrid microrobots. Firstly, the team attached several nanoliposomes to ...


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Tapping the ocean as a source of natural products

New species and new molecules discovered


Using DNA data, ETH researchers have examined seawater to find not only new species of bacteria, but also previously unknown natural products that may one day prove beneficial. The oceans are teeming with countless forms of life, from the world’s largest creature – the blue whale– to miniscule ...


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An international study proposes stool analysis for early detection of pancreatic cancer

A genetic signature of 27 microorganisms in stool defines the high-risk population for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma


Pancreatic cancer is not one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers, but it is one of the most lethal due to its early local extension and metastatic behaviour. Some of the reasons for this high fatality rate are late diagnosis of the disease, especially since symptoms are unspecific and appear ...


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Raman Microspectroscopy for Microbiology

Methodology can provide new insights into a variety of key topics in microbiology


Raman microspectroscopy is a fast and non-invasive technology to determine the chemical composition of living microorganisms in near real-time. Jürgen Popp, scientific director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, together with an international team of expert scientists, describes the ...


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Taking Microbes Out of Dark and Into the Light

Research Alliance Develops New Methods for Screening and Cultivating Biotechnologically Promising Microorganisms


Microorganisms are the oldest, most abundant, and most diverse life forms on earth and offer enormous potential for biotechnological applications. To date, however, only a fraction of them could be isolated and cultivated. The “MicroMATRIX” research project, funded with EUR 1.5 million by the ...


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Listening in on laundry germs as they grow

First metatranscriptome study for washed laundry


Germans wash more than 5 kg of laundry per week. What many people don‘t realize is that even freshly washed laundry still contains significant amounts of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. A group of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Markus Egert at Furtwangen University (HFU) has been ...


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Aviation safety: Rapid test for harmful microbes in kerosene developed

Faster and more robust than a PCR test


Fuels such as kerosene or diesel can be contaminated by fungi or bacteria. The microorganisms settle in the liquid itself, on the inner walls of tanks and pipes or in fuel filters and feed on carbon atoms. Since the fungi and bacteria multiply well in this environment, they can form a streaky ...


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New software allows fast and straightforward analysis of environmental microbes

A user-friendly method to reconstruct and analyze SSU rRNA from raw metagenome data


First the background: Microbiologists traditionally determine which organisms they are dealing with using the small subunit ribosomal RNA or in short SSU rRNA gene. This marker gene allows to identify almost any living creature, be it a bacterium or an animal, and thus assign it to its place in ...


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Talent Scout in the Cell Factory

New biosensor facilitates the search for efficient microorganisms


They’re small, but mighty: microorganisms. The industry known as “white biotechnology” takes advantage of their potential in a variety of ways, for example to produce chemicals, medicines, or dietary supplements. The little powerhouses’ work can be found in a whole series of products, the number ...


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Microbes on microscope eyepieces: could mean one in the eye for users!

Microscope oculars as carriers of infectious pathogens?


"For once we wanted to use our microscopes, not to help us observe microorganisms, but to examine more closely their role as potential vectors of infectious pathogens. Very little was known about this until now," explains the head of the study, Prof. Dr. Markus Egert, a lecturer in microbiology ...


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