Australian researchers have developed nanoparticles that could be used to treat a widespread and dangerous fungal infection. Candida albicans is a pathogenic yeast that is common worldwide, and it can be very harmful to people with compromised immune systems. It can form biofilms: microbial colonies which are particularly good at developing antimicrobial resistance. “These are … Continue reading A new candidate for defeating Candida
As icky as it sounds, some species of fungus can literally squeeze themselves between plant or animal cells and nestle in the space there. A team led by Norio Takeshita of the University of Tsukuba, Japan, along with collaborators at Nagoya University, Mexico, found key features of the squeeze, showing that the fungi has to … Continue reading Squeeze like a fungus
Genomic analysis finds rapid hybridisation drove European beer diversity. Barry Keily reports.
A sample of estuarine mud taken 16 years ago has yielded a potential new class of painkiller as potent as opioids, but without their disadvantages. Researchers from The University of Queensland and University of Sydney have filed a patent application for the potential drug, which is a modified version of a molecule found in a … Continue reading Pain relief may be found in the mud
Mycologist and photographer Alison Pouliot keeps on the move to pursue her passion. Tanya Loos reports.
Pacific Ocean island represents haven from parasite that is killing amphibians worldwide. Nick Carne reports.
New find in the Arctic updates fossil record significantly. Nick Carne reports.
Microscopy helps reveal a potential therapeutic for serious illnesses.
New compilation finds European names mask new types of mushrooms and moulds. Nick Carne reports.
Eating only maize leads to disease, and why the Basketmaker II people didn’t fall ill has long been a mystery. Now it’s been solved. Andrew Masterson reports.
Leafcutter ants don protection made of bacteria.
The gruesome details of victims’ fate change between tropical and temperate settings. Tanya Loos reports.