How the Human Body Cultivates Beneficial Bacteria

How the Human Body Cultivates Beneficial Bacteria

Research into the complex ecosystem of bacteria that inhabit the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract has demonstrated that the body’s own T cells help to cultivate diversity and balance among its microbial residents. Creating this bacteria-friendly environment is accomplished by suppressing the immune system’s natural responses of inflammation and immunoglobulin secretion that would otherwise identify bacteria as […]

Food Allergy Testing Made Fast and Simple

Food Allergy Testing Made Fast and Simple

Researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have created a fast and precise method to test which specific proteins in milk cause allergic reactions in patients. This novel approach not only has the potential to allow the individual to tailor his or her diet and lifestyle to accommodate their specific allergies, […]

DNA Pyramids Deliver Antibiotics to the Source of Infection

DNA Pyramids Deliver Antibiotics to the Source of Infection

Researchers have engineered a new method of drug delivery in which folded pyramids of DNA are capable of dispatching powerful antibiotics and/or chemotherapy drugs directly into pathogenic bacteria cells. Given the urgent public health concerns about the growing number and variety of antibiotic resistant bacteria, such developments have the potential to help doctors more efficiently […]