Giant viruses called “jumbo phages” can help us fight antibiotic resistance

As antibiotic-resistant bacteria become increasingly difficult to defeat, consulting those who were in battle with our ancient enemy long before our appearance makes perfect sense. Viruses So-called phages collide with bacteria long before we even existed. So researchers from the University of California, San Diego, took a closer look at some of the lesser-studied jumbo … Read more

Consortium led by Johns Hopkins Medicine has awarded up to $200 million to address the global burden of tuberculosis

To address the global burden of tuberculosis (TB), one of the oldest human pests, an international collaboration led by Johns Hopkins Medicine has today been awarded up to $200 million in research funding over five years by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of the Research Mobilization and Acceleration Project from … Read more

The study found that the genome of the fruit fly contains the complete genomes of a type of bacteria

The Drosophila genome is not only made up of Drosophila DNA—at least of one species of Drosophila. New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Genomic Sciences (IGS) (UMSOM) shows that a single species of Drosophila contains the complete genomes of a type of bacteria, making this finding the largest transfer … Read more

New research reveals why premature babies who are fed breast milk are healthier than babies fed formula.

Human breast milk has long been considered “liquid gold” among doctors who treat premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). “Preterm infants” who are breastfed are healthier, on average, than those fed formula. Why this is true, however, has remained a mystery. New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute … Read more