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Cockroaches, Alligators & Other Weird Sources of New Drugs

Cockroaches, Alligators & Other Weird Sources of New Drugs

Antibiotics are one of humankind’s most amazing discoveries. Ever since that fateful day in 1928 when Scottish physician Alexander Fleming noticed a funny mold growing in one of his petri dishes, antibiotics have been kicking bacterial butt. That famous mold, of course, was producing penicillin, the founding antibiotic superstar, which has since extended the average […]

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Waterborne diseases and prevention – Bacteria

Waterborne diseases and prevention – Bacteria

Bacteria, as we all know, is one of the most prominent causes of stomachache and just name many, many diseases. We have bacteria that are very important in our system, we have pathogenic bacteria, we have the E. coli, they are pathogenic and they are coming from contaminated water. Well, what are the symptoms? As […]

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5 Infectious Facts About Leprosy | What the Stuff?!

5 Infectious Facts About Leprosy | What the Stuff?!

“Try this one…” Leprosy gets a bad rap. Sure, it’s preferable to not have leprosy, but people who have it are neither victims of their own sins – as was believed in the past – nor highly contagious and doomed. DOOMED! Leprosy is still a serious health concern in a few populations around the world, […]

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Surgical wound healing

Surgical wound healing. After surgery your skin and tissue will take time to heal. This will happen in three overlapping stages that we call, respond, repair and refine. During the respond stage the body helps to rebalance itself after the surgery as platelets helped form a blood clot stopping you bleeding and protecting the surgical […]

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Hacking bacteria to fight disease – Tal Danino

Hacking bacteria to fight disease – Tal Danino

In 1884, a patient’s luck seemed to go from bad to worse. This patient had a rapidly growing cancer in his neck, and then came down with an unrelated bacterial skin infection. But soon, something unexpected happened: as he recovered from the infection, the cancer also began to recede. When a physician named William Coley […]

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Why don’t archaea cause disease?

A pathogen is an agent, especially a microorganism, that’s able to cause disease. Bacteria and viruses include the most well known pathogens, but fungi, protozoa, misfolded proteins called prions and even algae can infect a host and cause disease too. But why? Pathogenesis is a bad idea right, because what you’re doing is making the […]

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Three Creative Ways to Eradicate Diseases

♪ Smallpox was a terrible disease. It was often fatal, and even if you survived, you were left with scars where the painful blisters used to be. But thanks to an aggressive eradication campaign, it became the first human disease we totally wiped out, save a few deadly samples kept in labs around the world. […]

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