Viruses In Mucus Protect From Infection
ananyo writes "Researchers have discovered that animal mucus — ' whether from humans, fish or corals' — is loaded with bacteria-killing viruses called phages. These protect their hosts from infection by destroying incoming bacteria. In return, the phages are exposed to a steady torrent of microbes in which to reproduce. Mucus mainly consists of huge molecular complexes called mucins, which are made up of thousands of glycan sugars attached to a central protein backbone. The team showed that phages stick to these sugars, reducing the number of bacteria that can attach to mucus by more than 10,000 times."
As Hepatitis C Spreads, Scotland Steps In
Scotland is making a push to control the deadly hepatitis C virus, which kills about 350,000 people a year globally, among one of the groups most vulnerable to the infection: drug users.
Portable device for detecting TB
A medical device developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose the bacterial infection tuberculosis (TB).
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