Grab your litter scoopers, folks — there might just be valuable scientific data in your cat’s poop. That was certainly the case for Lil Bub, one of the original internet cat celebrities. These days, Bub is using her fame to further a huge host of causes, including learning more about the bacteria floating around inside animal’s digestive systems. Phase Genomics, a Seattle-based…
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Dr. Stanley Gartler was born on June 9, 1923, in Los Angeles, California to Romanian immigrant parents. During WWII, he flew combat with the 9th Air Force as a radio operator and machine gunner. Having an early interest in agriculture, Gartler worked on a farm after earning his undergraduate degree at UCLA and studied genetic plant breeding in graduate school…
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Scientific research breakthroughs are often achieved when many different scientists, in different labs and organizations, work together on a single task. That happened at the turn of the 21st century with the Human Genome Project, where human DNA was mapped for future reference and is now key to many breakthroughs in medicine. This is happening again, with a similarly visionary…
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A discovery about bacterial physics could point to a new way to develop antibiotics. The finding is likely to apply to approximately half of the world’s bacteria — potentially including antibiotic-resistant strains — said K.C. Huang, Ph.D., senior author on the study, which was published today in the journal Nature. Huang and his colleagues found that the outer layer of E. coli behaves very…
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