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Some bacteria use a nanosized speargun to get rid of competitors

bacterial speargun

In order to get rid of unpleasant competitors, some bacteria use a sophisticated weapon — a nanosized speargun. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have now gained new insights into the construction, mode of action and recycling of this weapon. As they report in the journal Nature Microbiology, the speargun …

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Carbohydrates in human milk possess antibacterial properties

Bacteria Biofilm

Mother’s milk, which consists of a complex and continually changing blend of proteins, fats and sugars, helps protect babies against bacterial infections. In the past, scientists have concentrated their search for the source of its antibacterial properties on the proteins it contains. However, an interdisciplinary team of chemists and doctors …

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Oldest nanomachines in biology is the bacterial flagellum

One of the oldest nanomachines in biology is the bacterial flagellum. This apparatus is evolutionary essential, endowing onto bacteria the ability to move. The flagellum shares high similarity with another bacterial structure, the injectisome, which as the name implies is how some bacteria deliver their content to infect a host. …

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