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Multi drug antibiotic resistance using currently available drugs

New research points to treatment strategies for multi drug antibiotic resistance using currently available drugs. The study, publishing August 8 in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Phillip Yen and Jason Papin at the University of Virginia demonstrates how different adaptation histories of bacterial pathogens to antibiotics leads to distinct evolutionary …

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killer peptide that can eliminate therapy resistant cells

Killer peptide

A new study by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers shows that when therapy-sensitive cancer cells die, they release a killer peptide that can eliminate therapy resistant cells. Tumor relapse is a common problem following cancer treatment, because primary tumor cells often contain therapy-resistance cancer cells that continue to …

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How robotic warehousing may work

Robots

Today, the desired book, toy or household appliance can be purchased by a click only — thanks to online mail order business and smart logistics. The bottleneck in logistics, however, is the high-bay store, where many picking and detection processes cannot yet be executed automatically by robots. At the Amazon …

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Burning of coal produces incredibly harmful nanoparticles

coal fired power plant

Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly harmful nanoparticles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide. When inhaled, these nanoparticles can enter the lungs and potentially the bloodstream. The particulates — known as titanium suboxide nanoparticles — …

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