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The Rise of the Resistance: How Antibiotics Work

In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered by mankind. He would eventually go on to win the Nobel Prize for this achievement, a well-deserved honor undoubtedly. The discovery itself is a bit of a humorous story, one of those moments in science that manifested as less of a “Eureka!” and more of “Hmmm, that’s interesting…” Regardless, the discovery would ultimately revolutionize the medical field and help usher us into the modern age of medicine. Although science history is fun to know, this post is not about where we’ve been; it’s about where we are now. We are...

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1.Viral infection in the marine environment may be having a bigger effect on the recycling of CO2 than we previously realized. Researchers at the University of Warwick published data this week suggesting viruses that infect marine cyanobacteria hijack the energy produced by photosynthesis in these cyanobateria so that it can no longer be used to capture CO2. Normally, photosynthesis uses light and water to make energy, which is used to capture CO2 and make sugar and O2. When the viruses infect these cyanobacteria, they hijack the energy so that it can’t capture the CO2. Because these viruses infect a lot...

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“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller 1. Advance In Human Embryo Research Rekindles Ethical Debate Scientists have recently discovered a new way of keeping human embryos alive in a laboratory. Normally when it came to human embryos, researchers were unable to keep them alive for anything longer than a week once removed from the womb. This has significantly hindered human embryonic research for decades. But now, researchers have extended the lifespan of embryos in the laboratory by another week, encompassing a critical point in the development of organs and tissues. This advancement is a...

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